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The story is an old and naïve folktale, and the dramatic action is slight. Except for a few scenes there is but a single actor on the stage at any one time, yet the work’s pathos—and the lovely verse of the choral odes, with their rich tapestry of mythological allusion—show the hand of a major poet. ; The Persians, 1777). This play is unique among extant tragedies in having a plot drawn not from myth but from recent history, the glorious victory of the Persian War. e. e. e.? e. (English translation, 1777; includes Agamemnfn [Agamemnon], ChoTphoroi [Libation Bearers], and Eumenides) Prometheus desmftTs, date unknown (Prometheus Bound, 1777) 14 Aeschylus Aeschylus.

Therefore he usually presented true trilogies, three plays based on the same myth. The seven of his plays that have been preserved give a good view of his development as a dramatist and the range of his imagination. Hiketides (c. ; The Suppliants, 1777) tells the story of the fifty daughters of Danaus who flee with their father from the land of the Nile to Argos, home of their ancestor, Io, to escape unwanted marriage with their fifty cousins, the sons of Danaus’s brother, Aegyptus. With hesitation, and after consulting the citizens, the king of Argos agrees to take the suppliants under his protection.

Significance Aetolia eventually quarreled with the Roman Republic and sought the support of Syria’s ruler, Antiochus the Great. e. Although the league survived, its importance and influence withered. , Aetolia was depopulated. Further Reading Cartledge, Paul, and Antony Spawforth. Hellenistic and Roman Sparta: A Tale of Two Cities. 2d ed. London: Routledge, 2002. 21 Aetolian League Larsen, J. A. O. Greek Federal States. London: Oxford University Press, 1968. Scholten, Joseph B. E. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.

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