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[es-kuh-luh s or, esp. British, ee-skuh-] /ˈɛs kə ləs or, esp. British, ˈi skə-/
525–456 b.c, Greek poet and dramatist.
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[es-kuh-lee-uh n or, esp. British, ee-skuh-] /ˌɛs kəˈli ən or, esp. British, ˌi skə-/ (Show IPA),
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  • In all literature there is no more terrible image: Shakespeare's horror of bloodshed has more than aeschylean intensity.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • The libretto, based upon the aeschylean tragedy, is the work of Benkstern and has considerable literary merit.

    The Russian Opera Rosa Newmarch
  • I can introduce you to a young man who has written some very powerful and apt music for the aeschylean choruses.

    Ripeness is All Jesse Roarke
  • There is little in this play but long choral odes; yet one or two aeschylean features are evident.

    Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb
  • And still the aeschylean "curse" goes on, from life to life, from Government to Government.

British Dictionary definitions for aeschylean


?525–?456 bc, Greek dramatist, regarded as the father of Greek tragedy. Seven of his plays are extant, including Seven Against Thebes, The Persians, Prometheus Bound, and the trilogy of the Oresteia
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Aeschylean (ˌiːskəˈliːən) adjective
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Word Origin and History for aeschylean


Greek Aiskhylos, Athenian soldier, poet, and playwright, Father of Tragedy (525-456 B.C.E.).

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aeschylean in Culture
Aeschylus [(es-kuh-luhs)]

An ancient Greek poet, often considered the founder of tragedy. He was the first of the three great Greek authors of tragedies, preceding Sophocles and Euripides.

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