Feb 7, The Paperback of the The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides by Aeschylus at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on. The Oresteia (Ancient Greek: Ὀρέστεια) is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus in The trilogy—consisting of Agamemnon (Ἀγαμέμνων), The Libation Bearers . The final play of the Oresteia, called The Eumenides ( Εὐμενίδες. “The Oresteia” trilogy by the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus consists of the three linked plays “Agamemnon”, “The Libation Bearers” and “The Eumenides”.

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Feb 06, Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing Shelves: And you also expect it from Aeschylus, whose surviving plays endure and thrive in the hands of translators of craft and imagination across the centuries.

Clytemnestra is another character that is able to be analyzed in terms of moral responsibility, her premeditated kibation of Agamemnon tbe an act of revenge and allows for us to see her as morally responsible for her husband’s death.

Oresteia – Wikipedia

In this way, Aeschylus is a religious poet who believes in redemptive sacrifice. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

In Composer Iannis Xenakis adapted vocal work for chorus and 12 instruments In composer Felix Werder adapted the first play of the trilogy into an opera entitled Agamemnon. Bound by its own traditions and practices, the House of Atreus would ultimately collapse in on itself. I highly recommend you listen to Norwegian black metal while reading this, as it really adds to the experience.

This tomb the dust of Aeschylus doth hide, Euphorion’s son and fruitful Gela’s pride How tried his valour, Marathon may tell And long-haired Medes, who knew bearees all too aeschylu. Some lines just shamelessly lifted, if you ask me. The gods gave her a life of ease, swathed her in wings, no tears, no wailing. Nevertheless, according to Aristotle, it was alleged that Aeschylus had placed clues about the secret rites in his seventh tragedy, Prometheus Bound.

The city of Athens, whose patron goddess is the spirit of wisdom, is exalted as the model which men should emulate.


I’m pretty sure that the Furies scared him shitless, too. Every time I experience a taste for revenge and it happens more freque Q: Other themes can be found and in one, or two, of the three plays, but are not applicable to the Trilogy as a whole and thus are not considered themes of the trilogy.

The Oresteia of Aeschylus”. And I, In the trials of war where fighters burn for fame, will never endure the overflow of Athens- all will praise her, victor city, pride of man. Only peace- blessings, rising up from the earth and the heaving sea, and down the vaulting sky let the wind-gods breathe a wash of sunlight streaming through the land, and the yield of soil and grazing cattle flood our city’s life with power and never flag with time.

Read its mind, little devil’s got aeschlus words, it’s still swaddled.

OrestesAgamemnonIo. To put it simply, the curse demands blood for blood, a never ending cycle of murder within the family. Apollo sanctions his killing. It can be applied in a variety of circumstances; Bobby Kennedy quoted from the first play on the night MLK was shot to the black community in Philadelphia, Karl Marx reread it every year, Eugene O’Neil yhe it for a modern stage, Freud was all over it, Yeats and Faulkner and Nietzsche made plenty of hay out of referencing it.

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The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides

Although his cover is blown, Orestes seizes his mother, Clytemnestraand threatens to kill her. As someone who has put words on a page in beafers attempt to create something meaningful, I understand that sometimes a writer chooses words for no more compelling reason than she is hungry and wants to get up to get a snack.

Afamemnon three plays are structured together with both dramatic and ideological aaeschylus. And one cannot be sure of doing the right thing by obeying brarers god, since the gods themselves disagree about right and wrong. I tried to read ‘Prometheus Bound’ years ago, and couldn’t finish it.

He proclaims that justice has been served, and tries to justify his actions. Each play has its own chorus and an orestela separate cast of characters, but the trilogy is united by the basis of the plots and the cycle of legends.


Still, I thought I should read a summary of this first since it is an audio play, complete with the chorus. National Book Award Finalist for Translation Trivia About The Oresteia: Agamemnon father Clytemnestra mother Aegisthus stepfather Orestes brother Iphigenia sister Chrysothemis sister.

Athens is seething after the trauma of the Trojan War. Glad I listened to it this time. Additionally, I had some background provided by a Great Courses lecture. She then changes their names from the Furies to “the Eumenides” which means “the Kindly Ones”.

University of Illinois Press. There is also a significant amount of animal symbolism in the plays, and humans who forget how to govern themselves justly tend to be personified as beasts. The entirety of the play’s plot is dependent upon the theme of revenge, as it is the cause of almost all of the effects within the play. You have to nurse it, don’t you? Seen only by Orestes, they are responsible for their madness in “Eumenides”.

Other important themes covered by the trilogy include: 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. The chorus separate from one another and ramble to themselves, proving their cowardice, when another final cry is heard. Mine is the overthrow of houses, yes, when warlust reared like a tame beast seizes near and dear- down on the man we swoop, aie!

Even at birth, I say, our rights were so ordained.

Though Athens was victorious, Cynegeirus died in the battle.