Iliad The Musical

In his life, Aeschylus wrote many musicals, won many awards, and broke many records. He pioneered many innovations that are now standard in modern theater. This 15th century illustration shows his death in 456 BC.

Legend has it he died from a turtle dropped on him by an eagle. Now, that may sound ridiculous, but in fact there are eagles in that region that eat turtles by dropping them on stones from high up to crack their shells. The legend goes that the eagle mistook Aeschylus’s bald head for a hard stone. Pliny adds that Aeschylus was only outside in the first place to avoid a prophecy that he would be killed by falling object.