Aeschylus (c. 524 BC – c. 455 BC) was the first of the three ancient Greek tragedians whose work has survived, the others being Sophocles and Euripides, and is often recognized as the father of tragedy. He was born at Eleusis, near Athens, the son of Euphorion. Before he was twenty-five he began to compete for the tragic prize, but did not win a victory for twelve years. He spent two periods of years in Sicily, where he died in 456, killed, it is said, by a tortoise which an eagle dropped on his head. Though a professional writer, he did his share of fighting for his country, and is reported to have taken part in the battles of Marathon, Salamis, and Plataea. Of the seventy or eighty plays which he is said to have written, only seven survive, and the authorship of PROMOTHEUS BOUND is disputed.
THE LIBATION BEARERS is the second drama of the ORESTEIA. It tells of Electra and Orestes planning their revenge against Clytemnestra and her lover for the death of Agamemnon.
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Oh, the torment bred in the race, The grinding scream of death And the stroke that hits the vein. The hemorrhage none can stauch, the greif, The curse no mancan bear. But there is a cure in the house, And not outside it, no, Not from others but from them, Their bloody strife. We sing to you, Dark gods beneath the earth. Now hear, you blissf powers underground-- Answer the call, send help. Bless the children, give th triumph now. Aeschylus, The Libation Bearers