Aeschylus World Literature Analysis - Essay

Aeschylus World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

In Aristophanes’ comedy The Frogs (lines 1019-1029), the poet Euripides challenges Aeschylus to explain what he did in his tragedies to make his audience more valiant and heroic. Aeschylus replies that he composed the Hepta epi Thbas (467 b.c.e.; Seven Against Thebes, 1777), a play that filled everyone who saw it with a martial spirit. Aristophanes then goes on to say that Aeschylus’s The Persians inspired young Athenians to imitate their elders’ thirst for victory and contained a startling dramatic spectacle by bringing onstage the ghost of Darius, the dead king of the Persians.

These three elements—a spirit of heroism, a didactic tone, and...

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