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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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Alternate cover edition can be found herehereherehere In the Oresteia—the only trilogy in Greek drama which survives from antiquity—Aeschylus took as his subject the bloody chain of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos. Moving from darkness to light, from rage to self-governance, from primitive ritual to civilized institution, their spirit of struggle an Alternate cover edition can be found herehereherehere In the Oresteia—the only trilogy in Greek drama which survives from antiquity—Aeschylus hhe as his subject the bloody chain of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos.

Moving from darkness to light, from rage to self-governance, from primitive ritual to civilized institution, their spirit of struggle and regeneration becomes an everlasting song of celebration. Paperbackpages. OrestesAgamemnonIo. National Book Award Finalist for Translation To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides by Aeschylus

To ask other readers questions about The Oresteiaplease sign up. Aescchylus anyone else read the Oresteia in the original Greek? It is quite difficult. His language is archaic, his metaphors bizarre e. Vilhelm Schmidt Less accessible than Macbeth ehh? See 1 question about The Oresteia…. Lists with This Book. Apr 06, Steve added it Shelves: Yet what bewrers good? And who is God? New Let good prevail! In the city of Athens agamemnonn the Golden Age, this was done in the agora – the marketplace – and in the theaters.

In his lifetime Aeschylus ca. During the transition from tyranny to democracy, when first the middle class essentially landowning farmers and artisans and then the lower class the thetes acquired a direct voice in Athenian politics, political activity was carried out not only in the agora, the popular assembly and the Council of Five Thr, but it was also performed on stage. Remains of the Theater of Dionysus Eleuthereus, aeschyuls Aeschylus’ dramas were performed Indeed, the theater was so important in Athenian public life that plays were produced at all the most important public festivals and addressed conflicts troubling the Athenian policy makers; the populace flocked to see them and talk about them.

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.


The lower and middle classes formed the overwhelming majority on the remaining decision making organs of the state and were therefore in power, for a while. Curiously enough, while all this aamemnon was going on, in Athens one of the most damaging epithets was “innovator.

The Athenians needed a more efficacious justification for this change. They also needed a soothing bearsrs the many riled spirits brought about in the populace by all these changes.

During this Golden Age playwrights wrote trilogies, which were intended, performed and perceived by audiences as coherent wholes. The Oresteia is the only one which has come down to us intact.

The Libation Bearers – Aeschylus – Ancient Greece – Classical Literature

The three plays are structured together with both dramatic and ideological intent. At the end of the Trojan War, Agamemnon returns victorious to his palace.

But ten years earlier, in order to thwart the will of Artemis and still the fierce winds keeping the fleet on the Greek shore, he had sacrificed his daughter, Iphigenia, and his wife, Clytemnestra, has neither forgotten nor forgiven.

She slays him horrifically, and now it is their son, Orestes, who is obliged by the received morality to revenge his father by killing his mother. High drama and madness ensues, but behind all that excitement is the structure of Aeschylus’ purpose – justify the new order, the new morality.

At the very outset of the trilogy the chorus recalls that even the gods have changed and changed again, from the rule of Ouranos through that of Kronos to Zeus with son killing father before the father could do the same to the son.

And one cannot be sure of doing the right thing by obeying a god, since the gods themselves disagree about right and wrong. Uncertainty has agmaemnon established: I’m not going to try to summarize the aeshcylus plot and recall the many striking characters. From this beautiful, moving and complex masterpiece Eumenldes just want to draw out here the one theme I’ve been working on in this review. 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.

But Apollo and Athena, representing the new order and morality, intervene. The passages involving the Furies are particularly haunting, both dramatically and poetically. The new order is confirmed with a trial in which Athena casts the deciding vote – Orestes is acquitted.

Athena convinces the Furies to accept the verdict, and they are then given a place of honor though not power and agree to ensure the city’s prosperity. The old is replaced by the new, honored and bound into the polis; all’s well that ends well except for the house of Atreus.

Despite Aeschylus’ efforts, Athens’ new democracy did not last long, but that is another story Long, immeasurable time brings everything hidden to light and hides what is apparent. Nothing is not to be expected. Change is the law of the world. In fact, the epitaph on his gravestone, possibly written by himself, mentions Marathon and not his plays: 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 it all too well.


Both are very readable, but I do prefer Vellacott’s. View all 19 comments. Dec 17, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is pretty fantastic. I think I like this old Greek trilogy of plays better than all the others that I’ve read. P The translation is pretty awesome, the tragedy is beautiful, and the underlying theme of justice and the balance of power between men and women is stark and heavy. But isn’t it about murder and eye-for-an-eye taken to extremes? Yeah, but it’s still more than that.

It’s mainly about honoring your children and honoring your parents. It’s not a This is pretty fantastic.

It’s not as twisted as some of the other Greek plays, but it is pretty horrific. Agamemnon kills his daughter, his wife kills him.

Her son kills her. Apollo sanctions his killing. Alas, the Furies do not. So now we have the older gods versus the new. Parents and children at each other’s throats again. And here we all thought that Zeus only caused chaos, too! To think that he’d welcome the Furies into his court as honored equals. Personally, I think it was just a political move.

I’m pretty sure that the Furies scared him shitless, too. View all 6 comments. Mar 24, William2 rated it really liked it Shelves: I can only vouch for this Robert Fagles’ translation, but yes, astonishingly gripping after more than 2, years. The wife of Agamemnon, Climnestra, in turn, also betrays him, and architect husband’s murder with her lover.

Coephori In “Choephori” Orestes and Electra, children of Agamemnon, avenges his death by killing his mother and her lover. The Climnestra’s anger is materialized in the Furies. Seen only by Orestes, they are responsible for their madness in “Eumenides”.

Even in the last part, Orestes is tried for his crime by the Goddess Eumenives proclaiming that the court is the first to judge a murder crime that is established forever. View all 3 comments. Salva-se o mais novo, Egisto.

The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides

Jul 05, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just passed the Libation Bearers. Aeschylus has a way with ironic, monumental dialogues which portend tremendous climaxes.

The language is so deep and seeps into the interaction- apparantly he eumrnides that there are no good options in life, merely the best of the worst, and that one must take their place amid the roil.

This resonates with me, in the way that a drama read on the page will, as I imagine the perfect language and staging to bear witness to it Coruscatingly direct, rich, earthy, and sublunary. Wisdom writing as mythology as poetry as black drama as cultural history.

The trilogy is, I think, an actual example of literature as a catharsis for a national, cultural wound. Athens is seething after the trauma of the Trojan War.