Greek Playwrights

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Greek Playwrights

Aeschylus was suprisingly beaten by the genius of sophocles on his first attempt of writing. Subsequently, he regained the position of "Father of Tragedy" with the writings of Seven Against Thebes. He also brought along many improvements to the production of plays. Diminishing importance of the chorus, adding a second actor to highlight the importance of dialogue, removing blood shed scenes, and improving costume desgins were the many improvements that came with the presence of Aeschylus. "My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He wrote in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God." (Robert Kennedy)

Euripides was one of Athen's great tragic poets out of the trio. He is the one who added love drama to playwrights. His style of conveying memorable plays affected the playwright society for the better. The plays left behind drama which commanded the stage after the Classical Age. He wrote plays like: Orestes, Medea 431 BCE, Hecuba 424 BCE, Electra 420 BCE, and The Trojan Woman 415 BCE. "Always a lover of truth, Euripides forced his characters to confront personal issues, not just questions of state." Euripides was a philisophical dramatist who brought multiple ideas. His greatest contribution to the world was from the introduction of the common man to the stage.

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All of these 3 playwrights wrote during the 5th century BCE in Ancient Greece. They stored their inspiration of themes from historical events and everyday life. Aeschylus, Euripides, and Aristophanes brought improvements, changes, ideas, and culture to the society of playwrights. They left lasting impacts with extremely memorable scenes that would shock the audiences. Each of them wrote from 40-90 plays, but less than 10 are still known and read to this day.

Aristophanes was a Greek comic writer who wrote plays about political Satire and comical themes. He brought back the popularity of comedy and established it's full development. Some people believed him to be "an unmannerly buffoon", but he did not accept this "degradation." He wrote successful plays about the troubles of Athens during his time. They were extremely influential toward playwrights. Because of his plays, laws were made that stopped writers from critizing the regimes.

Aristophanes"Comic Playwright"4th Century BC

Euripides"Greek Tragedian"480 BC - 406 BC

Aeschylus"Father of Tragedy" 525 BC- 456 BC

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