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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

The Persians (Template:Lang-el, Persai) is an Athenian tragedy by the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus. First produced in 472 BCE, it is the oldest surviving play in the history of theatre. It dramatises the Persian response to news of their military defeat at the Battle of Salamis (480 BCE), which was a decisive episode in the Greco–Persian Wars; as such, the play is also notable for being the only extant Greek tragedy that is based on contemporary events.


  • Robert Potter, 1777 - verse: full text
  • E. D. A. Morshead, 1908 - verse
  • Walter Headlam and C. E. S. Headlam, 1909 - prose
  • Herbert Weir Smyth, 1922 - prose: full text
  • G. M. Cookson, 1922 - verse
  • Seth G. Benardete, 1956 - verse
  • Philip Vellacott, 1961 - verse
  • Ted Hughes, 1971 - incorporated into Orghast
  • Janet Lembke and C.J. Herington, 1981
  • Frederic Raphael and Kenneth McLeish, 1991.
  • Ellen McLaughlin, 2004 - verse
  • George Theodoridis, 2009 -prose, full text: [1]

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