Aeschylus was a Greek dramatist and the founder of Greek
tragedy. He was the earliest of the great tragic poets and
the predecessor of Sophocles and Euripides. His tragedies
were presented as trilogies, or groups of three, usually
bound together by a common theme. Each trilogy was followed
by a satyr drama or low comedy involving a mythological
hero, with a chorus of satyrs. He was the first to attempt
to involve the chorus directly in the action of the play
and introduce a second actor.
Aeschylus was bon in the city of Eleusis, near Athens in
525 BC. He fought in several battles; Marathon, Salamis,
and possibly Plataea. He took several trips to Sicily and
on his final visit in 480BC, he died at Gela.