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At the start of the 5th century Athens entered the most illustrious eraof its history it had ever seen Aeschylus was born in this GoldenAge and became one of the founders of this new inspired andtechnologically advanced generation Though he is most widely known forbeing the founder for rules of Greek tragedy and for being one of threegreat tragedy playwrights whose plays are still performed in the modernera Aeschylus grew up in the town of Eleusis Greece and was the son of aprominent aristocratic family which the oeuvre of tragic poetry was atraditional craft With his parental influence in literature he wasquite young when he began writing tragedy His earliest knownperformance was at the age of 25 at the dramatic festival of 499 BCbut he didnt win his first award until 485 BC at the annualcompetition Throughout his life Aeschylus wrote nearly 90 plays out ofwhich 7 were recovered and had won the annual festival 13 times forapproximately 52 plays The countless plays and dramatic works hecrafted demonstrate that he was a zealous patriot a strong believer inAthenian democracy and a serious religious thinker Even today hisdramatic works his concepts his philosophical attitudes are allexamples of innovation inspired by the Athenian golden ageBy having such a thorough understanding in the poetic arts Aeschylus wasalso responsible for several significant innovations that had a pivotalinfluence on the establishment of drama His most significant change wasthe institution of a second actor previously the stage had onlyconsisted of one actor and the chorus available in the past By bringingthe second actor into the act it brought two opposing forces togetherwith different views and principles and completely changed the mindsetof theatre The second most significant change he brought to the theatrewas by reducing the size of the chorus from 50 to 12 members and in turnincreasing the amount of dialogue in his plays A critic once statedbecause of his renowned work in the theatre that to call Aeschylus thevery inventor
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