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Aeschylus (525 BC - 456 BC) was a playwright of ancient Greece. He was the first of the three great Greek tragedians, the others being Sophocles and Euripides. Aeschylus' work has a strong moral and religious emphasis. Many of his plays end more "happily" than those of the other two; namely, his masterpiece The Oresteia trilogy. Besides the literary merit of his work, Aeschylus' greatest contribution to the theater was the addition of a second actor to his scenes. Previously, the action took place between a single actor and the Greek chorus.

Aeschylus is known to have written over 70 plays, only seven of which remain extant:

The Oresteia-

The Libation Bearers / Choephori
The Eumenides


The Persians
Seven Against Thebes
The Suppliants
Prometheus Bound

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