Aeschylus (born at Eleusis, near Athens, c. 525 BC; died at
gela, Sicily, 456 BC) was the dramatist who first made Athenian
tragedy one of the world's great art forms, though in his epitaph
he preferred that he should be remembered as one of those who
fought the Persians at Marathon. Although he is said to have
written over eighty plays, only seven have survived.
Alan H. Sommerstein has been Professor of Greek at the University of Nottingham since 1988. He has written or edited more than thirty books on Ancient Greek language and literature, especially tragic and comic drama, including Aeschylean Tragedy (1996), Greek Drama and Dramatists (2002), and a complete edition of the comedies of Aristophanes with translation and commentary (1980-2003).