The only trilogy in Greek drama that survives from antiquity, Aeschylus’ The Oresteia is translated by Robert fagles with an introduction, notes. The Oresteia / Aeschylus ; translated [from the Greek] by Robert Fagles ; introductory essay, notes and glossary by Robert Fagles and W.B. Stanford Aeschylus. In “Agamemnon, the warrior who defeated Troy returns to Argos and is murdered by his wife Robert Fagles () was Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of.

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The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides by Aeschylus

In Agamemnona king’s decision to sacrifice his daughter and turn the tide of war inflicts lasting damage on his family, culminating in a terrible act of retribution; The Libation Bearers deals with the aftermath of Clytemnestra’s regicide, as her son Orestes sets out to avenge his father’s death; ayamemnon in The EumenidesOrestes is tormented by supernatural powers that can never be appeased.

This trial is made up of a group of twelve Athenian citizens and is supervised by fagless other than Athena herself.

This section possibly contains original research. I’d highly recommend this translation! The war is over, but the echoes persist; indeed, the tragedy has its beginnings in the war’s beginning, when Agammemnon, in order to facilitate the armada’s crossing of the Aegean, sacrificed his daughter Iphigenia.

A few years previously, legislation sponsored by the democratic reformer Ephialtes had stripped the court of the Areopagus, hitherto one of the most powerful vehicles of upper-class political power, of all of its functions except some minor religious duties and the authority to try homicide cases; by having his story being resolved by a judgement of the Areopagus, Aeschylus may be expressing his approval of this reform. The knife waits for me.


The Oresteia

The three plays are structured together with both dramatic and ideological intent. It all starts in Agamemnon with Clytemnestra, who murders her husband, Agamemnon, in order to obtain vengeance for his sacrificing of their daughter, Iphigenia. Far more than the story of murder and ven-geance in the royal house of Atreus, the Oresteia serves as a dramatic parable of the evolution atamemnon justice and civilization that is still powerful after 2, years. Read more Read less.

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Aug 26, Tara rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Athenians needed a more efficacious justification for this change. Don’t have a Kindle? This is perhaps ancient Greece’s most famous tragic trilogy that has survived antiquity.

The cycle of murder and revenge had come to an end while the foundation for future litigation had been laid. All that is yours to give. The poise is unbearable at times.

Uncertainty has been established: A court system and laws, created by the people, established order where there was madness.

Haunted, determined Orestes plagued by the truly gruesome, grotesque Furies with snakes in their hair and blood dripping from aagmemnon eye sockets Apollo wills it so! Alternate cover edition can be found herehereherehere In the Oresteia—the only trilogy in Greek drama which survives from antiquity—Aeschylus took as his subject the bloody chain of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos.

It is also in this part of the novel that it is discovered that the god Apollo played a part in the act of vengeance toward Clytemnestra through Orestes.

To think that he’d welcome the Furies into his court as honored equals. Unrecognized, Orestes is then able to enter the palace where he then kills Aegisthus, who was without a guard due to the intervention of the Chorus in relaying Clytemnestra’s message.


If he doesn’t kill his mother, the furies of his father would pursue him. He laments the fortunes of the house, but promises to keep silent: I actually read this twice. Jul 15, Justin Evans rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 12, Jim rated it it was amazing Shelves: The old is replaced by the new, honored and bound into the polis; all’s well that ends well except for the house of Atreus.

May 28, Rick rated it it was amazing Shelves: Thyestes had a son with his daughter and named him Aegisthus, who went on to kill Atreus.

The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides

Want to Read saving…. That’s far better than reading it.

Every time I experience a taste for revenge and it happens more frequently, unfortunately, than I’d like to admit I can now call to mind the Furies and ask myself if that’s who I want to become However, it is widely believed to have been based on the story told in Book IV of Homer ‘s Odysseywhere Menelaus, Agamemnon’s brother, attempts to return home from Troy and finds himself on an island off Egypt, “whither he seems to have been carried by the storm described in Agam.

Jayzus, I’m so sick of this play already.