Aeschylus was the author of the first tragedies existing in
European literature. Of his total of 80-90 plays seven survive
complete. The Persians (472), the only surviving Greek historical
drama, presents the failure of Xerxes to conquer Greece. Seven
against Thebes (467) was the second play of its trilogy of related
plays on the evil fate of the Theban House. Polyneices tries to
regain Thebes from his brother Eteocles; both are killed. In
Suppliant Maidens, the first in a trilogy, the daughters of Danaus
arrive with him at Argos, whose King and people save them from the
wooing of the sons of their uncle Aegyptus. In Prometheus Bound,
first or second play of its trilogy about Prometheus, he is nailed
to a crag, by order of Zeus, for stealing fire from heaven for men.
Defiant after visitors' sympathy and despite advice, he descends in
lightning and thunder to Hell.
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