Plays are seven tragedies by aeschylus dating from the first half of the 5th century bce adding a second actor and reducing the chorus from 50 to 12 aeschylus laid the foundation for an aesthetics of drama that was to influence subsequent plays for well over 2000 years tragedy it. Aeschylus works aeschylus wrote between 70 and 90 plays of which six or seven survive complete along with various fragments of others notably the netfishers diktyoulkoi and spectators at the isthmian games isthmiastaihis first play was presented in c 499 bce and he claimed his first of 13 festival victories in 484 bce. Biography of aeschylus aeschylus ess kill us is the earliest playwright in any language whose plays survive today though other greek men did write plays a little earlier aeschylus lived in athens in the late 500s and early 400s bc so he saw the birth of athenian democracy under cleisthenes athenian democracy more greek literature all our . Aeschylus was the first of the 3 renowned prize winning greek writers of tragedy aeschylus sophocles and euripideshe may have won either 13 or 28 prizes the smaller figure may refer to prizes aeschylus won at the great dionysia and the larger figure to prizes he won there and also at other smaller festivals
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