Aeschylus, the father of Greek Tragedy, was ironically killed by being struck on the head by a tortoise dropped by an eagle, which was indeed very tragic. In this illustration I have attempted to find a humorous solution, thereby bridging the gap, or defining the line, between Comedy and Tragedy.


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  • JenniferB
    JenniferBabout 6 years ago

    aww… I’m gullible, is that story about the dropped tortoise true or not???
    you are a powerfully, fantastic artist, very spiritually driven work.

  • Well, it is said to be true, though it could be apocryphal as it was 2500 years ago.

    – LetThemEatArt

  • deliriousgirl
    deliriousgirlabout 6 years ago

    HAAAA!!!! This is so whimsical!!! And a little philosophical too. Hmmmmm, please don’t make me think today!!!

  • eon .
    eon .about 6 years ago

    I was there I saw it. Its true!
    A Gr8 Peace 2

  • eon .
    eon .about 6 years ago

    Wow 3 of my Fave people all in one thread!

  • butchart
    butchartabout 6 years ago

    the crossed eys are classic… damn you can make me laugh… thank you… b

  • Keith Russell
    Keith Russellabout 6 years ago

    poor bugger

  • Indeed!

    – LetThemEatArt

  • Soxy Fleming
    Soxy Flemingabout 6 years ago

    sorry…I’m going to giggle…hehe and now that bird is going to come and peck his eyes out

  • LetThemEatArt
    LetThemEatArtabout 6 years ago

    I think we should perhaps also note that it was most unfortunate for all concerned; the Eagle went without dinner, the poor tortoise suffered a ghastly fate (one presumes), and as for the unfortunate Aeschylus, he went down in history for meeting such a bizarre end – a tragedy all round.

  • aglaia b
    aglaia babout 6 years ago

    ha ha, i studied this playwright in high school. he has something really unusual written on his tombstone which bears no mention to what he was famous for.
    it reads this:

    Αἰσχύλον Εὐφορίωνος Ἀθηναῖον τόδε κεύθει
    μνῆμα καταφθίμενον πυροφόροιο Γέλας·
    ἀλκὴν δ’ εὐδόκιμον Μαραθώνιον ἄλσος ἂν εἴποι
    καὶ βαρυχαιτήεις Μῆδος ἐπιστάμενος

    which of course translates to this:

    This tomb the dust of Aeschylus doth hide,
    Euphorion’s son and fruitful Gela’s pride
    How tried his valour, Marathon may tell
    And long-haired Medes, who knew it all too well


    this is a great parody demonstrating his final tragedy.
    so love what you have done with his eyes! ;-) xox

  • Oh, thanks for that, very interesting. He was celebrated for his valour in helping defeat the Persians, but yes it seems odd to us that his feats in war overshadowed his contribution to drama/literature and thought.

    – LetThemEatArt

    MERCAabout 6 years ago

    Are you sure it wasn’t a turtle ?

  • The legend states a tortoise, but it could well have been a turtle, which I’ve seen myself in the sea at Corfu. The eagle may well have not been an eagle, but most probably a bearded-vulture, which are known for dropping tortoises onto rocks.

    – LetThemEatArt

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