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"Justice so moves that those only learn / who suffer; and the future / you shall know when it has come; before then, forget it. It is grief too soon given" (Aeschylus, Agamemnon 250-53).




525 BCE – 456 BCE

Aeschylus made the utmost use of spectacle and colour; and, in virtue of the beauty and strength of his choral odes, he might well be regarded as one of the greatest of lyric poets. By virtue of his many talents, Aeschylus imposed a unity on the theatre which it was soon to lose: he was his own director, chief actor, designer, composer, and choreographer.


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