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Perhaps the greatest of the Greek tragedians Aeschylus wrote 90 plays but only seven have survived complete Among them is this classic trilogy dealing with the bloody history of the House of AtreusIn Agamemnon the warrior who defeated Troy returns to Argos and is murdered by his wife Clytemnestra for sacrificing their daughter Iphigenia before the start. This is pretty fantastic I m surprised I think I like this old Greek trilogy of plays better than all the others that I ve read That s including Oedipus PThe 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 heavyBut isn t it about murder and eye for an eye taken to extremes Yeah but it s still than thatIt s mainly about honoring your children and honoring your parents 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 But wait Apollo sanctions his killing Alas the Furies do not So now w

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Ion and dramatic dialogue the plays embody Aeschylus’ concerns with the destiny and fate of individuals as well as the state all played out under the watchful eye of the gods Still powerful and provocative after 2500 years these great tragedies offer unparalleled insight into the world of ancient Greece and the origins of the Western dramatic traditio. And the blood that Mother Earth consumesclots hard it won t seep through it breeds revenge and frenzy goes through the guiltyseething like infection swarming through the brain I d give this ten stars The trilogy creates an arc a link from blood sacrifice and burnt offerings to the nascent construct of something resembling jurisprudence Superstition giving way begrudgingly to law While the final trial isn t exactly one by peers it is amazing to contemplate This trilogy is simply wicked in all senses of the term The sacrifices made for good fortune in the Trojan War are a bit too close to home and an elouent vengeance awaits the conuering hero when he returns from the trenches

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Of the Trojan War In The Libation Bearers Orestes Agamemnon’s son avenges his father by murdering his mother In The Furies Orestes flees to Delphi pursued by the divine avengers Erinyes of his mother After being purified by Apollo he makes his way to Athens and is there tried and acuitted at the court of AreopagusWritten in a grand style rich in dict. The Greeks had an intoxicating culture or at least it seems to us All of the iniuities and superstitions of the ancient people have been buried or lost leaving only the perfect skeletons of buildings and the greatest of their literary productions As a result they strike us as a race of superpeople This trilogy certainly furthers this impression for it is a perfect poetic representation of the birth of justice and ethics out of the primordial law of retaliationThe most basic ethical principal is loyalty We are born into a family establish reciprocal relationships with friends become a contributing member of a mutually supporting group and so naturally feel bound to treat this netwo


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  1. says:

    Seeing the Oresteia on stage is an overwhelming experience to say the least Reading and discussing the drama at university felt like going through the Disney version of it by comparison Hearing the screams seeing the blood a

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    Let good prevail So be it Yet what is good ? And who is God? As many deeply conservative societies have discovered time and time again societies in which there is only one right order and this order is warranted by the highest authorities recognized by the society when change comes and come it always must not only do th

  3. says:

    This is pretty fantastic I'm surprised I think I like this old Greek trilogy of plays better than all the others that I've read That's including Oedipus PThe 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 heavyBut isn't it about murder and eye for an eye taken to extremes? Yeah but it's still than thatIt's

  4. says:

    Murder betrayal revenge torment you might wonder “Why would I bother reading three Greek plays when I could see the same sort of lur

  5. says:

    The Greeks had an intoxicating culture or at least it seems to us All of the iniuities and superstitions of the

  6. says:

    I can only vouch for this Robert Fagles' translation but yes astonishingly gripping after than 2400 years

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    I have suffered into truthYou know the rules now turn them into justiceThe outrage stands as it stands you burn to know the endNever try to cut my power with your logicWe spoil ourselves with scruples long as things go wellOld men are children once again a dream that sways and wavers into the hard light of dayWhich is all to say that this trilogy is bananas and savage and graceful and that Aeschylus was doing

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    And the blood that Mother Earth consumesclots hard it won’t seep through it breeds revenge and frenzy goes through the guiltyseething like infection swarming through the brain I’d give this ten stars The trilogy creates an arc a link from blood sacrifice and burnt offerings to the nascent construct of something resembling jurisprudence Superstition giving way begrudgingly to law While the final trial isn

  9. says:

    i read now no 2 the main conflict between son and mother the erotic freedom of the women the mother is destructive for the son as he is suppose to get the heritage you killed my father how can i live with you? amazing confli

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    ForewordAcknowledgementsA Reading of 'The Oresteia' The Serpent and the Eagle Agamemnon The Libation Bearers The Eumenides The Genealogy of OrestesSelect BibliographyNotesGlossary