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Sunday, July 23, 2017

050 - Early Tragedy and Aeschylus

In this episode, we discuss what is known about the lives and works of the earliest tragic poets that set the stage for the first great Athenian playwright, Aeschylus, to make all sorts of theatrical innovations at the onset of the Classical Period; and we discuss the historicity and some of the major themes of his seven surviving plays--The Persians, Prometheus Bound, Seven Against Thebes, The Suppliants, and the trilogy known as the Oresteia (which includes Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and the Eumenides)

Playwrights Discussed: Choerilus, Pratinas, Phrynichus, Polyphrasmon, Chionides, Magnes, and Aeschylus (also mentioned are Aeschylus' sons Euphorion and Euaeon, and his nephew Philocles, who themselves became playwrights)

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Primary Sources:
Text/Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound
Text/Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes
Text/Aeschylus' The Suppliants
Text/Aeschylus' Agamemnon
Text/Aeschylus' The Libation Bearers
Text/Aeschylus' The Eumenides
Text/Aeschylus' Fragments

Supplementary Resources (Videos, Photos, Other Podcasts)


Photo/Bust of Aeschylus

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