The Oresteia

The Oresteia

Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides


Introduction by: W. B. Stanford
Notes by: W. B. Stanford
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  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101042632
  • 336 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

One of the founding documents of Western culture and the only surviving ancient Greek trilogy, the Oresteia of Aeschylus is one of the great tragedies of all time.

The three plays of the Oresteia portray the bloody events that follow the victorious return of King Agamemnon from the Trojan War, at the start of which he had sacrificed his daughter Iphigeneia to secure divine favor. After Iphi-geneia’s mother, Clytemnestra, kills her husband in revenge, she in turn is murdered by their son Orestes with his sister Electra’s encouragement. Orestes is pursued by the Furies and put on trial, his fate decided by the goddess Athena. 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 of justice and civilization that is still powerful after 2,500 years.

The trilogy is presented here in George Thomson’s classic translation, renowned for its fidelity to the rhythms and richness of the original Greek.

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Table of Contents

The Oresteia – Aeschylus Foreword
Acknowledgments
A Reading of “The Oresteia”: The Serpent and the Eagle

AESCHYLUS: THE ORESTEIA

Agamemnon
The Libation Bearers
The Eumenides
The Geneaology of Orestes
Select Bibliography
Notes:
Agamemnon
The Libation Bearers
The Eumenides
Glossary

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