National Theatre of Greece - Dimitris Lignadis

The Persians
by Aeschylus

The Persians (472 BC) is both the oldest extant ancient drama and a historical document about the most significant armed conflict during the second Persian invasion of Greece: the Battle of Salamis. Aeschylus’ tragedy focuses on one of the most pivotal battles in human history, in which the dramatist personally fought.

Without boasts and exultation, respectful of the grief of the defeated side, Aeschylus celebrates individual freedom, juxtaposing democratic ideals with despotism and blind allegiance to power. Those who are guided by prudence emerge victorious, whereas those who are guided by arrogance, cross the line and offend gods and humans with their vanity end up being punished by justice.

With Greek and English surtitles

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