Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
18,367 (23,530)1971,027 (3.91)550
Aeschylus was born at Eleusis of a noble family. He fought at the Battle of Marathon (490 b.c.), where a small Greek band heroically defeated the invading Persians. At the time of his death in Sicily, Athens was in its golden age. In all of his extant works, his intense love of Greece and Athens finds expression. Of the nearly 90 plays attributed to him, only 7 survive. These are The Persians (produced in 472 b.c.), Seven against Thebes (467 b.c.), The Oresteia (458 b.c.)---which includes Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, and Eumenides (or Furies) --- Suppliants (463 b.c.), and Prometheus Bound (c.460 b.c.). Six of the seven present mythological stories. The ornate language creates a mood of tragedy and reinforces the already stylized character of the Greek theater. Aeschylus called his prodigious output "dry scraps from Homer's banquet," because his plots and solemn language are derived from the epic poet. But a more accurate summation of Aeschylus would emphasize his grandeur of mind and spirit and the tragic dignity of his language. Because of his patriotism and belief in divine providence, there is a profound moral order to his plays. Characters such as Clytemnestra, Orestes, and Prometheus personify a great passion or principle. As individuals they conflict with divine will, but, ultimately, justice prevails. Aeschylus's introduction of the second actor made real theater possible, because the two could address each other and act several roles. His successors imitated his costumes, dances, spectacular effects, long descriptions, choral refrains, invocations, and dialogue. Swinburne's (see Vol. 1) enthusiasm for The Oresteia sums up all praises of Aeschylus; he called it simply "the greatest achievement of the human mind." Because of his great achievements, Aeschylus might be considered the "father of tragedy." (Bowker Author Biography)
— biography from The Oresteia: Agamemnon / The Libation Bearers / The Eumenides
… (more)
Prometheus Bound 1,084 copies, 18 reviews
Tragedies 932 copies, 10 reviews
Agamemnon 678 copies, 16 reviews
The Persians (Author) 407 copies, 5 reviews
The Seven Against Thebes 274 copies, 8 reviews
Choephoroe 147 copies, 2 reviews
The Suppliants (Author) 141 copies, 4 reviews
Five Great Greek Tragedies (Thrift Edition) (Contributor) 64 copies, 1 review
The House of Atreus 37 copies, 1 review
L'Orestiade 21 copies, 1 review
Tragici greci 12 copies
Tragödien und Fragmente (Author) 7 copies
Los persas 3 copies
Tragedie 3 copies
Aeschylus 3 copies
Sengrieķu traģēdijas (Author) 3 copies
Agammenone 2 copies
Promencha 2 copies
Teatro Grego 2 copies
Coeforas 2 copies
Elektra 2 copies
Greek Drama 2 copies
Orestia 1 copy
Tragedie 1 copy
Perzen 1 copy
Gravoffret 1 copy
Tragedie. I e II volume 1 copy, 1 review
Orestíada 1 copy
The Persae 1 copy
COEFERE 1 copy
Traxedias 1 copy
Les perses 1 copy
Coéforas 1 copy
Les Danas 1 copy
Aischylos 1 copy
Persae of Aeschylus 1 copy, 1 review
De Perzen 1 copy
Agamemnon & Medea (Author) 1 copy
The Plays 1 copy
Tragèdies 1 copy, 1 review
Antígone 1 copy
Electra 1 copy
Greek Tragedies, Volume 1 (Contributor) 1,216 copies, 1 review
Greek tragedies, Volume 3 (Contributor; Contributor, some editions) 577 copies, 1 review
The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis (Contributor) 469 copies, 11 reviews
Greek Drama (Bantam Classics) (Contributor) 429 copies, 1 review
Greek tragedies, Volume 2 (Contributor) 428 copies, 2 reviews
Seven Famous Greek Plays (Contributor) 388 copies, 2 reviews
Eight Great Tragedies (Contributor) 358 copies, 1 review
The Portable Greek Reader (Contributor, some editions) 349 copies
Ten Greek Plays in Contemporary Translations (Contributor) 273 copies, 1 review
The Complete Greek tragedies (Contributor) 197 copies, 1 review
Masterpieces of the Drama (Contributor) 165 copies, 2 reviews
An Anthology of Greek Drama: First Series (Author) 120 copies, 2 reviews
Four Greek Plays (Contributor) 73 copies, 1 review
Four Famous Greek Plays (Contributor) 71 copies, 1 review

Top members (works)

Member favorites

Aeschylus (444) Agamemnon (95) ancient (243) Ancient Greece (440) Ancient Greek (176) Ancient Greek Literature (134) ancient literature (134) anthology (280) antiquity (156) classic (300) classical (174) classical literature (224) classical studies (84) classics (1,439) drama (2,538) Euripides (81) fiction (733) Greece (544) Greek (1,166) Greek drama (295) Greek literature (643) Greek mythology (122) Greek tragedy (292) history (116) literature (805) mythology (400) non-fiction (77) own (62) Penguin Classics (91) philosophy (66) play (423) plays (1,009) poetry (530) read (158) Sophocles (86) theatre (680) to-read (465) tragedy (723) translation (277) unread (85)

Aeschylus has 2 past events. (show)

You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Cause of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
Aeschylus was an ancient Greek playwright. He is credited with an estimated 92 plays, though only seven have survived into modern times. He is known to have fought at the Battle of Marathon (490 BCE), which influenced his Persians (the only surviving Greek tragedy based on contemporary events) and probably at the Battle of Salamis (480).
Born at Eleusis in 525 BCE, he started producing tragedies at Athens in 499, and had his first victory in 484. He visited Sicily at least twice, and died there at Gela in 456.
Disambiguation notice

Member ratings

Average: (3.91)
0.5 1
1 24
1.5 2
2 99
2.5 28
3 471
3.5 93
4 739
4.5 69
5 615

Author pictures (2)


(see all 2 author pictures)

Improve this author

Combination issues. This author has combination issues that need to be cleared up.

Combine/separate works

Author division

Aeschylus is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


Aeschylus is composed of 32 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 169,964,509 books! | Top bar: Always visible