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Beginning with their forebodings, the play moves on to reveal in grand verse the catastrophes that befall the invincible army. Through the lamentations of their enemies, the Athenian audience relives their god-favored victory. For once in tragedy, the spectacle of hubris bringing the downfall of the mighty is seen without fear, though Aeschylus achieves the tremendous feat of infusing a sense of pity for the fallen, enemies though they are. ; Seven Against Thebes, 1777) tells the story of the battle for the throne of Thebes between the two sons of Oedipus, Polynices and Eteocles, who perish in single combat, while the six other Theban champions defeat and kill the Argive leaders who joined Polynices in his attempt to regain the throne.

Partly because of the greater dramatic 13 Aeschylus possibilities that his improvements allowed, Aeschylus fashioned a means of using the old myths to express fundamental questions of human life. He had the imagination to present these themes through characters of grandeur and power, and he possessed the poetic gifts to dress them in language of dignity and grace. His powers needed greater scope than a single play provided. Therefore he usually presented true trilogies, three plays based on the same myth.

Crop yields were low; however, the scarcity of information prevents any overall assessment of production throughout the Greek world. The local environment, specific cultural practices such as the use of manure, and the availability of land and labor greatly influenced yields. It is noteworthy, however, that from this simple yet adaptive productive system, the Greeks laid the foundation for the Western civilizational experience. Further Reading Burford, Alison. Land and Labor in the Greek World.

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