The Oresteian Trilogy

The Oresteian Trilogy

Agamemnon; The Choephori; The Eumenides


Introduction by: Philip Vellacott
Translator: Philip Vellacott

Format
Paperback
Price
$13.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140440676
  • 208 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

The only surviving trilogy from ancient times – a story of murder, madness and justice

Aeschylus (525-c.456 bc) set his great trilogy in the immediate aftermath of the Fall of Troy, when King Agamemnon returns to Argos, a victor in war. Agamemnon depicts the hero’s discovery that his family has been destroyed by his wife’s infidelity and ends with his death at her callous hand. Clytemnestra’s crime is repaid in The Choephori when her outraged son Orestes kills both her and her lover. The Eumenides then follows Orestes as he is hounded to Athens by the Furies’ law of vengeance and depicts Athene replacing the bloody cycle of revenge with a system of civil justice. Written in the years after the Battle of Marathon, The Oresteian Trilogy affirmed the deliverance of democratic Athens not only from Persian conquest, but also from its own barbaric past.

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Table of Contents

The Oreteian TrilogyIntroduction

Agamemnon

The Choephori or The Libation-Bearers

The Eumenides

Notes to ‘Agamemnon’

Notes to ‘The Choephori’

Notes to ‘The Eumenides’

Appendix
Select Bibliography
The Pronunciation of Greek Names
Genealogical Table of the House of Atreus

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