Aeschylus (/?i?sk?l?s/ or /??sk?l?s/; Greek: ???????? Aiskhulos; Ancient Greek: [ai?s.k?ý.los]; c. 525/524 – c. 456/455 BC) was an ancient Greek tragedian. He is also the first whose plays still survive; the others are Sophocles and Euripides. He is often described as the father of tragedy: critics and scholars' knowledge of the genre begins with his work, and understanding of earlier tragedies is largely based on inferences from his surviving plays. According to Aristotle, he expanded the number of characters in theater to allow conflict among them, whereas characters previously had interacted only with the chorus
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My friends, whoever has had experience of evils knows how whenever a flood of ills comes upon mortals, a man fears everything; but whenever a divine force cheers on our voyage, then we believe that the same fate will always blow fair.
If you pour oil and vinegar into the same vessel, you would call them not friends but opponents.
I, schooled in misery, know many purifying rites, and I know where speech is proper and where silence.
For the poison of hatred seated near the heart doubles the burden for the one who suffers the disease; he is burdened with his own sorrow, and groans on seeing another's happiness.
Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel.
And though all streams flow from a single course to cleanse the blood from polluted hand, they hasten on their course in vain.
For there is no defense for a man who, in the excess of his wealth, has kicked the great altar of Justice out of sight.