The Persians Aeschylus


The Persians Aeschylus



The Persians (472 BCE) is the oldest ancient Greek drama that has survived in full to the present day. It is also a historical record of the most important battle of the second Persian invasion of Greece (and one of the most crucial conflicts in human history), the Battle of Salamis, in which the play’s author, Aeschylus, took part.
Without triumphalism or bravado, and with respect for the suffering of the de-feated,

Aeschylus delivers a paean to the freedom of the individual, juxtaposing democratic ideals with tyranny and blind obedience to power. Victory crowns those who act wisely, while the mechanism of justice punishes anyone whose pride leads them into excesses, offending both gods and men with their arro-gance.


The plot
In Susa, the Persian capital, the old men who loyally guard the glorious palaces of Xerxes are awaiting news of their army’s campaign against the Greeks, and are apprehensive about the outcome of the expedition.
The impressive size of the Persian army, the fame of its generals, and the god-given power of their king do nothing to allay the fears of the elders, who know all too well how the web of Ate, the goddess of folly, can entrap men and lead them to their ruin.
Their trepidation reaches its peak when Queen Atossa, the mother of the cam-paign’s commander, Xerxes, and the wife of the deceased King Darius, recounts an ominous dream in which Xerxes attempts to yoke a Greek woman and an Asian woman to his chariot. The Greek woman breaks free, throwing the king to the ground.

The arrival of an out-of-breath messenger confirms their worst premonitions: the Persian army has been annihilated; the Greeks have won.  
A detailed account of the rout concludes with a long description of the Battle of Salamis, the flight of Xerxes, and the ill fortune of the remaining army that at-tempted to return by land.


on-stage musician


Tickets prices

Audiences can purchase tickets in one of the three following ways:


Agiou Konstantinou 22-24
Monday to Friday 9:00-15:00

  • SCHOOL OF ATHENS - Irene Papas BOX OFFICE (tel. 210 4833922)

17:00 - 22:00, during the performance' s days 




The performances at the Epidaurus Ancient Theatre are presented with surtitles in English and Greek.

Agiou Konstantinou 22-24, 10437,Athens, phones: +302105288100

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