, and is often described as the father of tragedy. His name derives from the Greek word aiskhos (αἶσχος), meaning "shame". According to Aristotle
, he expanded the number of characters in plays to allow for conflict amongst them; previously, characters interacted only with the chorus
. Only seven of his estimated seventy to ninety plays have survived into modern times; and there is a longstanding debate about his authorship of one of these plays, Prometheus Bound.
At least one of Aeschylus's works was influenced by the Persian invasion of Greece, which took place during his lifetime.
His resolve is not to seem, but to be, the best.
Success is man’s god.
So in the Libyan fable it is toldThat once an eagle, stricken with a dart,Said, when he saw the fashion of the shaft,"With our own feathers, not by others' hands,Are we now smitten."
Of all the gods, Death only craves not gifts:Nor sacrifice, nor yet drink-offering pouredAvails; no altars hath he, nor is soothedBy hymns of praise. From him alone of allThe powers of heaven Persuasion holds aloof.
O Death the Healer, scorn thou not, I pray,To come to me: of cureless ills thou artThe one physician. Pain lays not its touchUpon a corpse.
A prosperous fool is a grievous burden.
Bronze is the mirror of the form; wine, of the heart.
It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.
I would far rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evil.
"Reverence for parents" stands written among the three laws of most revered righteousness.