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Overview (2)

Born in Eleusis, Greece
Died in Gela, Sicily, Italy

Mini Bio (1)

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 first to clad his actors in impressive costumes on stage. His heroes were greater than life, always decent, even in their most dramatic moments. In his plays he was questioning everything, including the gods. People would walk for days to see his new play. He was leading an unhappy life, however, constantly seeking answers to the mysteries of life and death. He spent his last few years in the western Greek colonies of Sicily.

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Trivia (1)

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 immediately related with the historical events of the aftermaths that followed the Battle of Salamis, where Aeschylus fought in 480 BC. A significant factor of Aeschylus's legacy in the "The Persians" is the fact that he wrote about the victory of his fellow-citizens Athenians through the tragedy of their opponents, the Persians, caused by the loss of innumerable men due to the defeat of their army, which was led by Xerxes for the conquest of Greece. Here Aeschylus pointed out the only value of life, which is based on the humility and love that people share the one with the other in opposition to the hubris of the arrogance of power (such as the one of Xerxes) which can lead to a megalomania that devastates lands and ruins lives. Through this narration of the story, Aeschylus spoke about everything concerning human relations and life as it was also later developed by other playwrights and above all Shakespeare in many ways, setting thus the very substance of theatre that has much to do with the realization and sense of one's place through the understanding of the position of others. "The Persians" translated and directed by Vassilis Oikonomou, was remarkably presented by THE.AM.A. (Theatre for People with Disabilities) at the Athens and Epidaurus Festival 2016 in the New Stage Nikos Kourkoulos of the National Theatre of Greece. Next it was also presented on tour in other Festivals and cities of Greece and it was welcomed as a significant artistic event of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival, praised by critics and audiences who considered it even as the best production of "The Persians" they had ever seen. The role of Darius's widow and Xerxes's mother Atossa was played by two thespians together on stage: Christina Toumba, from her wheelchair, delivered the Queen's words and the deaf actress Christina Tsavli incarnated her physical presence. Darius was portrayed by Panos Zournatzidis, the Messenger by Michalis Tamboukas, Xerxes by Vassilis Oikonomou and Yiota Vei was the Chorus Leader. Chorus was consisted by Aimiliani Avraam (Leader II), Marina Besiri, Michalis Grammatas, Giorgos Iliakis, Marina Stamati, Mary Stamatoula and Efi Toumba.

Personal Quotes (13)

For somehow this is tyranny's disease, to trust no friends.
Time as he grows old teaches all things.
Words are the physicians of the mind diseased.
Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for him enslaved by another's might.
His resolve is not to seem, but to be, the best.
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.
Of all the gods, Death only craves not gifts: Nor sacrifice, nor yet drink-offering poured Avails; no altars hath he, nor is soothed By hymns of praise. From him alone of all The powers of heaven Persuasion holds aloof.
I would far rather be ignorant than wise in the foreboding of evil.
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
In war, truth is the first casualty.
It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.
Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny.
I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope.

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