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Persians

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By: (c. 525/524-456/455 BC)

Persians by Aeschylus is a powerful and poignant portrayal of the aftermath of the Battle of Salamis, where the Persians suffered a devastating defeat at the hands of the Greeks. Through the eyes of the chorus of Persian elders, the audience is given a glimpse into the grief, confusion, and devastation experienced by the defeated Persians.

The play is a haunting exploration of the consequences of hubris and the unpredictable nature of war. Aeschylus masterfully captures the sense of loss and despair felt by the Persians, as they struggle to come to terms with their defeat and the destruction of their once mighty empire.

The language used in the play is both beautiful and evocative, transporting the audience to a world of ancient Persian culture and tradition. The chorus's poetic lamentations effectively convey the depth of their despair and longing for a time when their empire was at its peak.

Overall, Persians is a timeless and thought-provoking tragedy that explores the human cost of war and the fragility of power and pride. Aeschylus's talent for storytelling shines through in this powerful and emotional play, making it a must-read for anyone interested in ancient literature and history.

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This is one of the few Greek tragedies that deals with historical events rather than mythological ones. The elders of the Persian court await new of the outcome of the Battle of Salamis, and mourn when they find that their king, Xerxes, has lost to the Greeks.


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