Dionysus would seem to be the least likely suspect to instigate a pity party. And yet, legend has it that the god we most associate with pleasure was tasked with summoning pain. And so he did with a young impressionable Aeschylus. Fortunately, for the world of tragedy, Aeschylus’ early career was in a place the god of wine would reign. As an oenophile shepherding his family’s vineyards, Aeschylus naturally revered the mighty lord of the vine and heeded the counsel given when Dionysus finds the young vintner slumbering. There among the grapes, the god who put revelry on the map bade the future tragedian to turn his talents to the art of despair. Delighted to discover his penchant for the dramatic, Aeschylus composed his first tragedy in 499 B.C. He was all of 26 years old. Contriving calamity with full credibility did not, however, come naturally to the young man. Suffering, it would seem, would have to come first hand.
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