Strange tales #1 The death of Aeschylus

There is a tale that Aeschylus, my “author of the month”, died from being hit on the head by a falling tortoise. He was spending a lot of time outside due to a prophecy that he would be killed by a falling object, when an eagle flying past mistook his head for a rock and dropped the tortoise it was carrying on him to smash it open (the tortoise, not Aeschylus’ head). For more detail, look for a copy of

J. C. McKeown (2013), A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization, Oxford University Press (9780199982103)  p. 136.

 

 

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