[ es-kuh-luhs or, especially British, ee-skuh- ]

  1. 525–456 b.c., Greek poet and dramatist.

Other words from Aeschylus

  • Aes·chy·le·an [es-kuh-lee-uhn or, especially British, ee-skuh-], /ˌɛs kəˈli ən or, especially British, ˌi skə-/, adjective

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How to use Aeschylus in a sentence

  • But certainly more sense and less syntax (good or bad) in translations of Aeschylus might be a relief.

    Instigations | Ezra Pound
  • For this liberty I have the example of Aeschylus, the creator of tragedy, and Sophocles, the greatest master of his art.

    The Bride of Messina | Friedrich Schiller

British Dictionary definitions for Aeschylus


/ (ˈiːskələs) /

  1. ?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 forms of Aeschylus

  • Aeschylean (ˌiːskəˈliːən), adjective

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Cultural definitions for 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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