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Definition: First great Greek playwright, who introduced the Second Actor. Before that, action onstage took place only between the one Actor and the Chorus, a group of people who filled the audience in on what was really going on. Aeschylus wrote about 80 plays, but only seven survive. His most famous work is the Oresteia, a trilogy that touches on many human themes, including justice, revenge, duty, family ties. Aeschylus won several First Prizes at the City Dionysia, the annual drama Festival in Athens.

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