Aeschylus was the oldest of the most prominent tragedy writers and is generally considered the founder of Greek drama. He was the first to use a second actor in his plays, which made dialogues possible.

Of his best known works is the Oresteia, which is about Agamemnon's son Orestes, who revenged his father only to be persecuted by the Erinyes.

As a young man Aeschylus had fought against the Persians at the battle of Marathon. He ended his days as an old man at the court of the Tyrant Hieron of Syracuse and died when an eagle dropped a turtle on his head.

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