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Persians and Other Plays, The: The Persians / Prometheus Bound / Seven Against Thebes / The Suppliants

Persians and Other Plays, The: The Persians / Prometheus Bound / Seven Against Thebes / The Suppliants

Aeschylus

ISBN: 9780140449990

Deals with events from Athenian history, and depicts the final defeat of Persia in the battle of Salamis. This work shows the inexorable downfall of the last members of the cursed family of Oedipus, and relates the pursuit of the fifty daughters of Danaus

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Aeschylus (525-456 BC) brought a new grandeur and epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, raising it to the status of high art. "The Persians", the only Greek tragedy to deal with events from recent Athenian history, depicts the final defeat of Persia in the battle of Salamis, through the eyes of the Persian court of King Xerxes, becoming a tragic lesson in tyranny. In "Prometheus Bound", the defiant Titan Prometheus is brutally punished by Zeus for daring to improve the state of wretchedness and servitude in which mankind is kept. "Seven Against Thebes" shows the inexorable downfall of the last members of the cursed family of Oedipus, while "The Suppliants" relates the pursuit of the fifty daughters of Danaus by the fifty sons of Aegyptus, and their final rescue by a heroic king.
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Aeschylus was the earliest of the three great tragic poets of Greece-Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. He was born at Eleusis in 525 B.C.E., served in the Athenian army, and fought in the pivotal battles of the great Greek war with the Persians, including at Marathon. He showed himself as a great writer at a young age, but did not win a dramatic competition before his late 30s. After that, he ... view full profile

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