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Major Dramatists of the Athenian Age

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Transcript of Major Dramatists of the Athenian Age

He was the darling of the Athenian populace; he disproved the saying that a genius must be unrecognized in his own age.

Major Dramatists of the Athenian Age
Major Dramatists of the Athenian Age
Aeschylus
525 - 456 B.C.

Sophocles
496 - 406 B.C.

Euripides
480 - 407 B.C.

Aristophanes
(446 - 380 B.C.)

A poet by profession and was called the father of Tragedy by the Athenians.
Written 70 tragedies but only 7 were left.
Known as the theological poet because his plays had great spiritual and religious fervor like presenting the original dignity and greatness of nature and of humankind.
He is called as the Soldier Playwright because he took part in the Battle of Marathon and in the Battle of Salamis.
Apart from Prometheus, he also wrote the trilogy Oresteia which is composed of three plays: Agamemnon, Cheophori (Libation pourers), and Eumenides (The Furies).
His greatest work is Prometheus.
His greatest work is Prometheus.
Born in Colonnus and enjoyed the comfort of being a rich merchant's son.
> He led a sheltered life
>Trained carefully in music
>Grew in beauty of body and soul
He was chosen as the choral leader or the celebration of their victory at Salamis because of his handsome face and body.
He was the darling of the Athenian populace; he disproved the saying that a genius must be unrecognized in his own age.

He was chosen as the choral leader or the celebration of their victory at Salamis because of his handsome face and body.
He wrote 123 plays but only 7 survived: Ajax, Antigone, The Women of Trachis, Oedipus the King, Electra, Philoctetes and Oedipus at Colonus.
Called as a modern playwright.
Aeschylus and Sophocles belonged to an age of faith; Euripides, much younger than the two, belonged to an age of growing skepticism.
He portrayed the gods as powerful but also capricious (unpredictable change) and silly.
Humans cannot understand he deities, and it is useless to try to do so; it is certainly silly to worship them because thy are not just.
During his age, a change had come over the Athenian people. They were losing their faith in their national religion, on the Olympian deities; their interest in their mythology had grown less.
The stories of the heroes of old no longer excited people; they demanded more realism, even more sensationalism
Eighteen or nineteen of his work out of ninety two have survived. These includes Medea, Alcestis, and Orestes.
Eighteen or nineteen of his work out of ninety two have survived. These includes Medea, Alcestis, and Orestes.
He was allegedly killed by dogs when he went out walking in the garden of the king of Macedonia.
He was allegedly killed by dogs when he went out walking in the garden of the king of Macedonia.
A master of Greek comedy, and he typically belonged to his people and to his age. He is known as the Father of Comedy.
His intention of writing was to attack the faults and weakness of society.
The main actors in his comedies wore comical clothes, tight on the legs, very short coats with tattered sleeves.
Eleven of his thirty plays survived.
Eleven of his thirty plays survived.
The stories of the heroes of old no longer excited people; they demanded more realism, even more sensationalism
During his age, a change had come over the Athenian people. They were losing their faith in their national religion, on the Olympian deities; their interest in their mythology had grown less.
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