Aeschylus aeschylus the first of classical athens great dramatists who raised the emerging art of tragedy to great heights of poetry and theatrical power aeschylus grew up in the turbulent period when the athenian democracy having thrown off its tyranny the absolute rule of one man had to prove. Aeschylus aiskhylos is often recognized as the father of tragedy and is the first of the three early greek tragedians whose plays survive extant the other two being sophocles and euripides in fact by expanding the number of characters in plays to allow for conflict among them previously only a single character interacted with the . Aeschylus plays were noted for their extravagant costume designs and use of striking imagery other snippets of biography which have survived from antiquity reveal that aeschylus was once prosecuted for revealing details of the secret eleusinian mysteries cult but managed to prove his innocence. Unfortunately only seven of an estimated 70 plays by aeschylus have survived into modern times one of these plays prometheus bound is sometimes thought not to be the work of aeschylus at least one of aeschyluss works was influenced by the persian invasion of greece
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