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The "Father of Tragedy," Aeschylus was born in 525 B.C. in the city of Eleusis. Immersed early in the mystic rites of the city and in the worship of the Mother and Earth goddess Demeter, he was once sent as a child to watch grapes ripening in the countryside. According to Aeschylus, when he dozed off, Dionysus appeared to him in a dream and ordered ...
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The Battle Of Salamis
The night was passing, and the Grecian host
By no means sought to issue forth unseen.
But when indeed the day with her white steeds
Held all the earth, resplendent to behold,
Song Of The Furies
Up and lead the dance of Fate!
Lift the song that mortals hate!
Tell what rights are ours on earth,
Over all of human birth.
The Beacon Fires
A GLEAM -- a gleam -- from Ida's height,
By the Fire-god sent, it came;
From watch to watch it leapt, that light,
As a rider rode the flame!
Prometheus Amid Hurricane And Earthquake
Earth is rocking in space!
And the thunders crash up with a roar upon roar,
And the eddying lightnings flash fire in my face,
And the whirlwinds are whirling the dust round and round--
The Sacrifice Of Iphigenia
Now long and long from wintry Strymon blew
The weary, hungry, anchor-straining blasts,
The winds that wandering seamen dearly rue,
Nor spared the cables worn and groaning masts;
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Fabrizio Frosini 04 March 2016
Strangely, the inscription on Aeschylus's gravestone makes no mention of him as a poet (one of the greatest Greek tragedian) , but commemorats only his past military achievements: ??s????? ??f??????? ????a??? t?de ?e??e? µ??µa ?ataf??µe??? p???f????? G??a?· ????? d' e?d???µ?? ?a?a?????? ??s?? ?? e?p?? ?a? ßa???a?t?e?? ??d?? ?p?st?µe??? Beneath this stone lies Aeschylus, son of Euphorion, the Athenian, who perished in the wheat-bearing land of Gela; of his noble prowess the grove of Marathon can speak, and the long-haired Persian knows it well.
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Fabrizio Frosini 04 March 2016
As a Greek dramatist, the earliest of the great tragic poets - the predecessor of Sophocles and Euripides -, he is the founder of Greek tragedy. It was a major step for drama when Aeschylus introduced the second actor. He also attempted to involve the chorus directly in the action of the play. Aeschylus is said to have written about 90 plays. His tragedies, first performed about 500 BC, were presented as trilogies, or groups of three, usually bound together by a common theme, and each trilogy was followed by a satyr drama (low comedy involving a mythological hero, with a chorus of satyrs) . The titles of 79 of his plays are known, but unfortunately only 7 have survived.
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Bob Flanagan 24 February 2013
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