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Study Guide to the Plays of Aeschylus

A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for selected works by Aeschylus,the ancient greek playwright. Titles in this study guide include The Suppliant Maids, The Persians, The Oresteia, Seven Against Thebes, Prometheus Bound, The Eumenides, and The Libation Bearers.

As the world's first great dramatist, Aeschylus became known as “the father of tragedy.” Aeschylus greatly influenced Greek tragedies by expanding the number of characters in theater. Moreover, Aeschylus’ plays focused on daily activities and studies of human behavior, ethical problems, and divine justice.

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Aeschylus (, ; Aiskhylos, ; c. 525/524 – c. 456/455 BC) was an ancient Greek tragedian. He is often described as the father of tragedy. Academics' knowledge of the genre begins with his work, and understanding of earlier tragedies is largely based on inferences from his surviving plays. According to Aristotle, he expanded the number of characters in the theatre and allowed conflict among them; characters previously had interacted only with the chorus.