Since I mentioned our google search for “philosopher killed by turtle,” a couple of people asked me about it. Here’s the rest of the story!
Aeschylus was an Athenian dramatist born around 525 B.C. He wrote many plays, a few of which still remain. Legend has it that a fortune teller predicted that he would die from something falling from heaven. Whether this is true or not, history says he did die when an eagle flying overhead mistook his bald head for a rock and dropped a turtle on it. (Eagles drop turtles onto rocks to crack open their shells to eat them.)
I found a few references like this one with more about the prediction:
The following story — probably untrue — is told about the Greek tragic poet Aeschylus. After discovering from his stars that he would die at a certain time by an object falling on his head, Aeschylus fled to the desert, intending to remain there until the fatal moment had passed. Seating himself in a wide open space, with nothing but the blue sky above him, Aeschylus felt reasonably safe. But a large eagle, carrying a turtle in its beak, flew over, and mistaking the poet’s bald head for a rock, dropped the turtle on it to break its shell, thereby killing Aeschylus and fulfilling the prediction that he would die by an object falling on his head!
And this one:
Aeschylus was a famous Greek dramatist who died in 456BC when a prediction that he would be killed by a blow from heaven came true. An eagle carrying a tortoise dropped the tortoise on his head.
Aeschylus was considered one of the most important playwrites of his time and he introduced many elements into theater like elaborate costumes and having more than one actor. He’d probably be soundly annoyed at being remembered for such a goofy death instead of his contributions! It sure is an interesting story though. My kids love it and I wanted to find out more, hence the search.
Now you know the rest of the story!