The anti-military play by Aeschylus is the first tragedy that draws its subject matter from historical evens, as it deals with the Persians’ agony, when they are about their striking defeat in Salamina. Despite the fact that it constitutes an implicit praise to the Greek spirit that demolished the Asian troops, the theme is given in a unique way, from the point of view of the defeated. Not a single Greek name is mentioned in the tragedy.
The Persians is a timeless tragedy, addressing universal issues and unchangeable values, and examining in a fascinating way the themes of hybris, the human arrogance and dignity, and the freedom of man. A timeless moral on the strong will of each and every tyrant that, historically speaking, has brought the war and human pain.