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Aeschylus: The Seven Against Thebes

Language:
English
Genres:
Historical, Tragedy

Aeschylus (525/524 – c. 456/455 BC) was an ancient Greek tragedian. He is one of those tragedians whose plays still survive. Most part of critics consider and describe that he is the father of such theater phenomenon as tragedy. He is also the first whose plays still survive. He is often described as the father of tragedy due to expanding a number of characters in plays to allow conflict among them whereas characters previously had interacted only with the chorus. “Seven against Thebes” is a tragedy by Ancient Greek poet Aeschylus which concerns the battle between an Argive army led by Polynices and the army of Thebes led by Eteocles and his supporters. The tragedy is full of excellent rich dialogues that show how citizens of Thebes and their king feel about the threat. Also here the reader can meet lengthy description of each of the seven captains that lead the Argive army against the seven gates of the city of Thebes as well as the devices on their respective shields. Have a nice reading.

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