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The Oresteian Trilogy Agamemnon; The Choephori; The Eumenides

9780140440676

The Oresteian Trilogy Agamemnon; The Choephori; The Eumenides

  • ISBN 13:

    9780140440676

  • ISBN 10:

    0140440674

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 12/30/1956
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics

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Summary

ls"Anger still unreconciled Poisoning a housers"s life With darkness, treachery and strifers" (47Aeschylus (525c.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 herors"s discovery that his family has been destroyed by his wifers"s infidelity and ends with his death at her callous hand. Clytemnestrars"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 Furiesrs" 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. Philip Vellacottrs"s verse translation makes this eternal dramatic masterpiece accessible for the modern reader. In his introduction, he examines the historical context and the literary style of the plays.

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