Aeschylus' Persae, first produced in 472 BC, is the oldest surviving Greek tragedy. it's also the single extant Greek tragedy that bargains, now not with a mythological topic, yet with an occasion of contemporary background, the Greek defeat of the Persians at Salamis in 480 BC. not like Aeschylus' different surviving performs, it really is it sounds as if now not a part of a hooked up trilogy. during this re-creation A. F. Garvie encourages the reader to evaluate the Persae by itself phrases as a drama. it isn't a patriotic party, or a play with a political manifesto, yet a real tragedy, which, faraway from offering an easy ethical of hybris punished by means of the gods, poses questions referring to human discomfort to which there are not any effortless solutions. In his advent Garvie defends the play's constitution opposed to its critics, and considers its variety, the opportunity of thematic hyperlinks among it and the opposite performs offered through Aeschylus at the comparable celebration, its staging, and the country of the transmitted textual content. The remark develops in higher aspect the various conclusions of the Introduction.
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