W Somerset Maugham
3.98 out of 5
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Aeschylus (525–456 BC) brought a new grandeur and epic sweep to the drama of classical Athens, raising it to the status of high art.
In <i>Prometheus Bound</i> the defiant Titan Prometheus is brutally punished by Zeus for daring to improve the state of wretchedness and servitude in which mankind is kept.
<i>The Suppliants</i> tells the story of the fifty daughters of Danaus who must flee to escape enforced marriages, while <i>Seven Against Thebes</i> shows the inexorable downfall of the last members of the cursed family of Oedipus.
And <i>The Persians</i>, the only Greek tragedy to deal with events from recent Athenian history, depicts the aftermath of the defeat of Persia in the battle of Salamis, with a sympathetic portrayal of its disgraced King Xerxes.
Philip Vellacott’s evocative translation is accompanied by an introduction, with individual discussions of the plays, and their sources in history and mythology.