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Aeschylus,the father of tragedy

“ Drop, drop in our sleep, upon the heart sorrow falls, memorys pain,and to us, though against our very will,even in our own despite,comes wisdom by the awful grace of God” Aeschylus


Aeschylus expanded the number of characters in plays to allow for conflict amongst them, whereas previously characters had interacted only with the chorus. In 458 BC, he ventured to Sicily. Valerius Maximus wrote that he was killed outside the city by a tortoise dropped by an eagle which had mistook his head for a rock suitable for shattering the shell of the reptile. Pliny, in his Naturalis Historiæ, adds that Aeschylus had been staying outdoors to avoid a prophecy that he would be killed by a falling object.