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Aeschylus [r]: (525-456 BC) Greek tragedian, considered to be the father of Greek tragic drama; wrote Agamemnon and The Eumenides. [e]

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Aeschylus(525-456 BC) was the first of the great Greek tragedians, and is considered to be the father of Greek tragic drama because he introduced the second actor into the drama and subordinated the role of the Chorus. His trilogy, the Oresteia, includes Agamemnon and The Eumenides. Only four other plays survive, of about ninety he is said to have written. According to later sources he was killed by a tortoise dropped on his head by an eagle.