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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Aug 16, Nidhi Mahajan rated it really liked it Shelves: Clearly I should have waited a while- The Oresteia, in the Fagles translation, is one of the most remarkable books I’ve ever read. In a society divinely centered on the family, Orestes was l to avenge his father’s death, even if it meant killing his own mother. I’m not going to try to summarize the complicated plot and recall the many striking characters.

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 adapted it for a modern stage, Freud was all over it, Yeats and Faulkner and Nietzsche made plenty of hay out of referencing it. As the name implies, members of the cult were supposed to have gained some sort of mystical, secret knowledge.

It’s about peering deeply into the darkness of the human soul, stripping any semblance of control over one’s destiny, and seeing what would result–madness. In the process, Proteus tells Menelaus of the death of Agamemnon at the hands of Aegisthus as well as the fates of Ajax the Lesser and Odysseus at sea; and is compelled to tell Menelaus how to reach home from the island of Pharos.


The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides

Has anyone else read the Oresteia asschylus the original Greek? Coruscatingly direct, rich, earthy, and sublunary. After her soliloquy, Clytemnestra pleads with and convinces Agamemnon to walk on the robes laid out for him. When Orestes kills Clytemnestra at Apollo’s urging, the Erinyes, the Furies – representing the old order, the old morality – hasten to avenge the matricide by tearing Orestes apart.

The Oresteia – Aeschylus – Ancient Greece – Classical Literature

In BCE the last step to democracy in Athens was initiated with the stripping of all but ritual responsibilities from the Aeropagus, a body of men drawn essentially from the city’s aristocracy. More than a few traces of Shakespeare in here, by the way.

Aeschylus was one of many Greeks who had been initiated into the Eleusinian Mysteries, a cult to Demeter based in his hometown of Eleusis.

Stanford as are the notes. There’s some meta here, no doubt about it. And by placing his faith in the power of civic institutions to domesticate the chthonic forces of our souls and turn them toward public service, he is also a political poet.

How many great authors were inspired by the characters in these plays? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Now hear, you blissful powers underground — answer the call, send help.

It also deals with the related theories that wisdom can abamemnon learned only through experience and suffering, that one crime invariably leads to another if the criminal is not punished, that blood, once yhe, can never be truly atoned for, and that authority is the foundation of civilization.


Alas, the Furies do not.

Still, I thought Thee should read a summary of this first since it is an audio play, complete with the chorus. Aeschylus traveled to Sicily once or twice in the s BC, having Yet what is good? Orestes is said to be the end of the curse of the House of Atreus.

Clytemnestra is introduced to the audience and she declares that there will be celebrations and sacrifices throughout the city as Agamemnon and his army return. I had to be a prophet. Macy Accessed October 15,subscription access.

Although his cover is blown, Orestes seizes his mother, Clytemnestraand threatens to kill her. In his response to her he pretends he is a stranger and tells Clytemnestra that he Orestes is dead, causing her thf send for Aegisthus. There is much to be said about the play itself, its role in Greek society, how it exhibits the transition from revenge and blood-feud to democracy and self-governance, the history of the cultural mythologies surrounding it.

The chorus separate from one another and ramble eumenkdes themselves, proving their cowardice, when another final cry is heard.

The wife of Agamemnon, Climnestra, in turn, also betrays him, and architect husband’s murder with her lover.