Chronology of Important Dates

525/4        Birth of Aeschylus, son of Euphorion of Eleusis, near Athens
510-508    End of Pisistratid tyranny in Athens and establishment of democracy
499-496    Aeschylus' first dramatic production
490            Aeschylus fights for Athens in the Battle of Marathon
480            Battles of Thermopylae and Salamis
479            Battle of Plataea
472            Production of Persians. 1st prize
c.470         Aeschylus' first trip to Sicily and second performance of Persians
468            Sophocles wins his first tragic victory. Aeschylus lost.
467            Production of Seven Against Thebes. 1st prize.
463?          Production of Suppliant Women. 1st prize
458            Production of the Oresteia (Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, and Eumenides)
456?           Production of Prometheus Bound
456/55        Death and burial of Aeschylus at Gela in Sicily

Aeschylus' Tombstone Inscription

This memorial hides Aeschylus, the Athenian, son of Euphorion
Who died in wheat-bearing Gela.
The precinct of Marathon and the long-haired Mede,
Who knows it well, may tell of his great valor.

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