[es-kuh-luh s or, esp. British, ee-skuh-]


525–456 b.c., Greek poet and dramatist.

Related formsAes·chy·le·an [es-kuh-lee-uh n or, esp. British, ee-skuh-] /ˌɛs kəˈli ən or, esp. British, ˌi skə-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aeschylean

Historical Examples of aeschylean

  • In all literature there is no more terrible image: Shakespeare's horror of bloodshed has more than Aeschylean intensity.

  • 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.

  • 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
Derived FormsAeschylean (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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

aeschylean in Culture



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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