Aeschylus Quotes

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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The will was of Zeus, the hand of Hephaestus.

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For a single path leads to the house of Hades.

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It is an ill thing to be the first to bring news of ill.

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Who apart from the gods is without pain for his whole lifetime's length?

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Don't you know this, that words are doctors to a diseased temperment?

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You'll see all other mortal sinners, the ones who flout the honor owed to gods or guests, or loving parents--you'll see them get the justice they deserve. For Hades holds men mightily to a strict accounting down below the earth; he sees all things, inscribes them within the book of his remembering.

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Honor modesty more than your life.

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May dawn, as the proverb goes, bring happy tidings coming from her mother night.

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Mourn for me rather as living than as dead.

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To mourn and bewail your ill-fortune, when you will gain a tear from those who listen, this is worth the trouble.

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It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.

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Myriad laughter of the ocean waves.

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But I will place this carefully fed pig Within the crackling oven; and, I pray, What nicer dish can e'er be given to man.

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[Hermes addresses Prometheus :] To you, the clever and crafty, bitter beyond all bitterness, who has sinned against the gods in bestowing honors upon creatures of a day--to you, thief of fire, I speak.

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There is advantage in the wisdom won from pain.

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