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Aeschylus (525-456 BC) – Greek tragic playwright
Aeschylus is believed to have fought at the battle of Marathon, and possibly at Salamis, too. After the Persian wars, he took to writing plays, all with a strong dramatic and tragic content. His plots, taken either from legend or from Greek history, are well constructed, and the drama was invariably heightened by his effective use of stage props, huge masks for the choruses, mythical beasts, and so forth. One suspects that he would have used artificial thunder and lightning and other more modern stage effects with devastating impact, had they been available to him.
Although he wrote nearly seventy works, only a handful has survived. These include the Suppliants, the Seven against Thebes and the trilogy of the Oresteia, which comprises the Agamemnon. Aeschylus was the creator of a new type of dramatic presentation that was followed by many playwrights after him.