525/4 - 456/5 BC

Aeschylus 525/4 - 456/5 BC

Aesop 6th century BC
A theatre mask from a tragedy

Aeschylus was an Athenian playwright. He was the first great tragedian. He is believed to have written 70 - 90 plays, including Persians, Seven against Thebes and Suppliants. He is believed to have died in Sicily, when an eagle dropped a tortoise on his head!

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