The Athenians Are Coming!

Syracusa, Sicily, Italy

Syracusa, was a wealthy Greek city on Sicily. Expansionist Athens coveted its riches. After much discussion, Athenian troops finally landed in the Great Harbor, seen here in the distance. This eventually led to a disastrous defeat for Athens. The last performances of Aeschylus’s works that he himself produced were in this theatre. It is worth remembering that the most revered virtue to the Greeks was not philosophy or theatre, but war. Aeschylus’s epitaph records his service at the Battle of Marathon (490 BC), but not his tragedies.