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Aeschylus (525–456)

Aeschylus is considered by some as the greatest writer ever to walk the face of earth. He was born to a noble family in Elefsinia, a few miles from Athens. The greatest festival in his hometown was the Elefsinia Mysteria, a dramatic imitation of nature's awakening in spring. Aeschylus is the founder of the classic Ancient Greek drama and was the ... See full bio »

Born:

in Eleusis, Greece

Died:

(age 69) in Gela, Sicily, Italy

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Known For

Les noces rouges
(1973)
The Illiac Passion
(1967)
Promithefs desmotis
(1930)

Filmography

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 2003 Die Perser (TV Movie)
 2002 Le rêve plus fort que la mort (Documentary) (play "The Persians")
 1998 Promithefs enantiodromon (play "Promithefs desmotis")
 1982 Oresteia (TV Movie) (plays)
 1979 Oresteia (TV Mini-Series) (play - 3 episodes)
- Furies (1979) ... (play)
- Grave Gifts (1979) ... (play)
- Agamemnon (1979) ... (play)
 1979 Atreides (TV Movie) (excerpts)
 1975 Promitheas se deftero prosopo (play "Promithefs desmotis")
 1975 Orestea (TV Movie) (plays)
 1973 Agamemnoon (TV Movie)
 1973 Les noces rouges (opening quotation)
 1969 Forgotten Pistolero (story "Oresteia" - uncredited)
 1967 The Illiac Passion (play "Prometheus Bound")
 1967 I persiani (TV Movie) (play)
 1967/II Agamemnon (TV Movie) (play "Agamemnon" - as Aiskhylos)
 1967/I Agamemnon (TV Movie)
 1961 Les perses (TV Movie) (play - as Eschyle)
 1959 The Family Reunion (TV Movie) (based on "The Oresteia")
 1959 Ercole e la regina di Lidia (story based on: play "The Seven Against Thebes")
 1930 Promithefs desmotis (play)
 1927 Promithefs desmotis (Short) (play)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(September 26 to October 24, 1993) His play, "The Persians," was adapted by Robert Auletta in an American premiere at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California for the Fall Festival. Hamza El Din was composer and performer. Peter Sellars was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Aiskhylos | Eschyle
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Personal Quote:

He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God. See more »

Trivia:

His first saved play is "The Persians" (472 BC) and thus more ancient one, a fundamental stone for the art of theatre. The play is also the only one of the ancient Greek dramaturgy with a plot inspired not by myths which were also serving on stage as a reference to contemporary social and political events and issues like the other plays that eventually remained to the later generations, but it is... See more »

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