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Dramatist of Greek Tragedy There were many dramatists in the years of BC There were three of them that were known more than any other Aeschylus Euripides and Sophocles These three guys are much alike but they also have their differences The Father of Tragedy Aeschylus was born in 525 BC in the city of Eleusis When Aeschylus first began writing the theater had only just begun to evolve Plays were little more than animated oratorios or choral poetry supplemented with expressive dance A chorus danced and exchanged dialogue with a single actor who portrayed one or more characters primarily by the use of masks Aeschylus Moon struck bookstore httpwwwimagi-nationcommoonstruckclsc3htm Most of the action took place in the circular dancing area or orchestra which still remained from the old days when drama had been nothing more than a circular dance around a sacred object Aeschylus Moon struck bookstore httpwwwimagi-nationcommoonstruckclsc3htm It was a huge leap for drama when Aeschylus introduced the second actor He also attempted to involve the chorus directly in the action of the play Aeschylus directed many of his own productions and according to ancient critics he is said to have brought the Furies onstage in so realistic a manner that women miscarried in the audience Aeschylus Moon struck bookstore httpwwwimagi-nationcommoonstruckclsc3htm Although Aeschylus is said to have written over ninety plays only seven have survived His life laid the groundwork the dramatic arts would need to flourish and by the time of his death there were two notable successors ready to take his place--Sophocles and Euripides In addition Aeschylus left behind two sons who would carry on his dramatic legacy and one of them Euphorion would even claim first prize at the City Dionysia defeating both Sophocles and Euripides in 431 BCAeschylus Moon struck bookstore httpwwwimagi-nationcommoonstruckclsc3htm Born about 480 BC somewhere in the vicinity of Athens Euripides the son of Mnesarchides was destined from the beginning to be
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