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- Full Title: The Libation Bearers
- When Written: 458 BCE
- Where Written: Athens
- Literary Period: Classical
- Genre: Tragedy
- Setting: Argos, Greece
- Climax: Orestes kills his mother Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus, thus avenging his father Agamemnon
A foundational text. The plays of Aeschylus are the earliest full works of Greek tragedy that we possess. They were also incredibly innovative for their day, because they included two actors interacting on stage at once (along with the Chorus), and because they expanded the use of props and scenery.
A founding father in more ways than one. Of Aeschylus’s two sons, both went on to be tragic poets (as did his nephew), and one even won first prize at the Dionysia, the festival of tragic plays that the Oresteia won in 458 BCE.