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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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  • There was no 'second or third' to Aeschylus and Sophocles in the generation which followed them.

    The Republic Plato
  • Why not, as Aeschylus says, utter the word which rises to our lips?

    The Republic Plato
  • And did you not, moreover, sing the praises of Aeschylus of Phlius in my ears and mine in his?

    The Symposium Xenophon
  • In that sense I think it was young in the time of Themistocles and Aeschylus.

  • My admiration of Aeschylus has been prodigiously increased by this reperusal.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
  • Page 331: (Index) Changed "Aeschylus" to "Æschylus" to match text.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten
  • No wonder poor old Aeschylus felt a bit sick when it fell on his head!

    The Dark Flower John Galsworthy
  • Do you ever look at the Latin translation when you read Aeschylus?

    Ernest Maltravers, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Homer is the creator of the material poetry, Aeschylus of the intellectual.

British Dictionary definitions for Aeschylus


?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 Aeschylus

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

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Aeschylus 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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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