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A prolific writer, Aeschylus had written between seventy and ninety plays by the time of his death in 456 BCE. Only seven of his plays have survived: , , and (these three plays compose the tragic trilogy known as ), , , , and . Some scholars believe that may be wrongly attributed to Aeschylus. Most of his plays were written for the annual Athenian drama competition, the City Dionysia, which Aeschylus wonthirteen times. At this festival, three chosen dramatists would performthree tragedies and a satyr play. is the only complete Greek tragic trilogy extant today.

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