|Statement||translated into English verse by C.B. Armstrong.|
|Contributions||Armstrong, C. B.|
The Persians is an ancient Greek tragedy by the Greek tragedian Aeschylus, written during Ancient Greece’s Classical period. The second in a trilogy of disconnected tragedies, it is unique for its genre and time in that it dramatizes recent Greek history, rather than the myths of gods and heroes or an otherwise hypothetical distant past. The Persians is an Athenian tragedy by the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus. First produced in BCE, it is the oldest surviving play in the history of theatre, is based on experiences in Aeschylus's own life, specifically the Battle of Salamis. It is unique among surviving Greek tragedies in that it describes a recent historical event/5(2). Aeschylus was Greek, and fought the Persians at the Battle of Salamis, during the second Persian invasion of Greece (you're probably familiar with the contemporary battle of Thermopile, immortalized so well in Frank Miller's book /5. The Persians, Aeschylus' earliest surviving tragedy, holds a fascination both for readers of Greek drama and Greek history. Not only is it the earliest existing play in the Western tradition, it is drawn directly from the playwright's own experiences at the battle of Salamis, making it the only account of the Persian Wars composed by an eyewitness/5(2).