Aeschylus

(525 BC - 455 BC / Eleusis)

Aeschylus
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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 him to write tragedies. The obedient young Aeschylus began a tragedy the next morning and "succeeded very easily."

When Aeschylus first began writing, the theatre had only just begun to evolve. Plays were little more than animated oratorios or choral poetry supplemented with expressive dance. A chorus danced and ... more »

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  • ''Like a bad doctor who has fallen down sick you are cast down, and cannot find what sort of drugs would cure your ailment.''
    Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Prometheus Bound, l. 473.
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  • ''Know yourself and fit yourself to new fashions. For there is a new ruler among the gods.''
    Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Prometheus Bound, l. 309.
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  • ''Champing against the bit as a new-yoked colt, you struggle and fight against the reins.''
    Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Prometheus Bound, l. 1009.
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  • ''A dreamlike feebleness by which the blind race of man is hampered.''
    Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Prometheus Bound, l. 548.
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  • ''For somehow this disease inheres in tyranny, never to trust one's friends.''
    Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Prometheus Bound, l. 224.
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (3/4/2016 10:18:00 AM)

    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:

    Αἰσχύλον Εὐφορίωνος Ἀθηναῖον τόδε κεύθει
    μνῆμα καταφθίμενον πυροφόροιο Γέλας·
    ἀλκὴν δ' εὐδόκιμον Μαραθώνιον ἄλσος ἂν εἴποι
    καὶ βαθυχαιτήεις Μῆδος ἐπιστάμενος

    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 (3/4/2016 4:48:00 AM)

    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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Best Poem of Aeschylus

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!
It shot through the startled sky,
And the torch of that blazing glory
Old Lemnos caught on high,
On its holy promontory,
And sent it on, the jocund sign,
To Athos, Mount of Jove divine.
Wildly the while, it rose from the isle,
So that the might of the journeying Light
Skimmed over the back of the gleaming brine!
Farther and faster speeds it on,
Till the watch that keeps Macistus steep
See it ...

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