Æschylus

Ees′-ke-lus

the most sublime of the Greek tragic poets. He wrote 90 plays, only 7 of which are now extant. Æschylus was killed by a tortoise thrown by an eagle (to break the shell) against his bald head, which it mistook for a stone (B.C. 535–456). See Horace, Ars Poetica, 278.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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