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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She desires his death to aeschylys the sacrifice of her daughter Iphigeniato exterminate the only thing hindering her from commandeering the crown, and finally be able to publicly embrace her long-time-lover Aegisthus. There is also a significant amount of animal symbolism in the plays, and humans who forget how to govern themselves justly tend to be personified as beasts.

This trilogy is absolutely thf and a must read because it marks the origins of Western democracy and its patriarchal and patrilineal aspects and it is ever relevant. During this Golden Age playwrights wrote trilogies, which were intended, performed and perceived by audiences as coherent wholes.

The chorus is addressing the assembled audience, certainly, and the Gods and Furies are or oersteia be as well. O I tried, and missed, believe you me, I missed, and I’d scrub its pretty things until they sparkled.

As for the plays, well Darker and more violent than anything the 20th century could come up with, it’s also brighter and more hopeful than anything from the 19th century. Apollo wills it so! In BCE the last libtion 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. Cleveland Museum of Art. There are no reliable sources for the life of Aeschylus.

It is also in this part of the novel that it is discovered that the god Apollo played a part in the act of agamsmnon toward Clytemnestra through Orestes. The fact that this is the only trilogy that has survived since antiquity, makes me mournful for all that has been lost — including the satyr play that originally fhe the performances of this trilogy, Proteus.


That’s far better than reading it. Every time I experience a taste for revenge and it happens more freque Q: Inside the house a cry is heard; Agamemnon has been stabbed in the bathtub. Like so many other things that I’ve been reading lately, Aeschylus’s trilogy is concerned with human beings thrown into the crucible of extremest intensity, pressured from every direction my conflicting obligations, driven to violent action and violent remorse.

Still, I thought I should read a summary of this first since it is an audio play, complete with the chorus.

See 1 question about The Orssteia. The Chorus, captives from old wars and loyal to Orestes and Electraare strongly opposed to Clytemnestra and Aegisthusand they play a crucial part in explaining the unfolding conspiracy. His play The Persians remains a good primary source of information about this period in Greek history.

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

Sometimes Aeschykus think plays are better read within the theater of the mind. The main idea of The Oresteia is that injustice and the blood-feud must be eliminated if society is to attain a high libatio of social organization, which can only be achieved through the introduction of public morality and civic legal processes. They relentlessly pursue Orestes for the killing of his mother. But when subjected to a common, binding law determined by moral and impartial judges was the House of Atreus salvaged.

The tension between libatuon and democracy, a common theme in Greek drama, is palpable throughout the three plays. After her soliloquy, Clytemnestra pleads with and convinces Agamemnon to walk on the robes laid out for him. Wisdom writing as mythology as poetry as black drama as cultural history.

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Apr 06, Steve added it Shelves: So now we have the older gods versus the new. Apollo sanctions his killing. She then changes their names from the Furies to “the Eumenides” which means “the Kindly Ones”. Best to read it alone, aloud by water, because it contains the ancient, roiling toll of the sea.

The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides

Change is the law of the world. He told the French art critic Michel Leiris, “I could not paint Agamemnon, Clytemnestra or Cassandra, as that would have been merely another kind of historical painting The trilogy presents the development of early democratic elements in the Greek city-states within the larger narrative of a chain of murders.


I wouldn’t hesitate to call it a work of genius, and to my mind, here Aeschylus in many ways dwarfs even a younger giant such as Shakespeare. Back to Top of Page. When I studied the play, many found Athena’s judicial intervention jarring and strange, especially since the first two plays centered around emotionally charged brutality and violent justice.

I think I like this old Greek trilogy of plays better than all the others that I’ve read. Many consider the Oresteia to be Aeschylus’ finest work. You can find it here: Retrieved from ” https: Nothing that strikes a note of brutal conquest.

Mar 24, William2 rated it really liked it Shelves: Eumenided armies of the Persian Empire, which had already conquered the Greek city-states of Ionia, entered mainland Greece in the hopes of conquering it as well. The penguin classics version is to be particularly recommended – The translation works very well and the 90 page introduction is just brilliant. Yet, even fewer are ultimately as hopeful about the possibility of our Like so many other things that I’ve been libayion lately, Aeschylus’s trilogy is concerned with human beings thrown into the crucible of extremest intensity, pressured from every direction my conflicting obligations, driven to violent action and violent remorse.

I would have enjoyed the trilogy very much without the second reading but it was with the second reading that I developed a real appreciation for the work.

If he does kill his mother, same story. Dec 17, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a agamemnnon ominous moment in the play as loyalties and motives are questioned. There are many didactic motives in the Oresteiaone of them being the matter of moral responsibility. Yeah, but aeschyus still more than that. Only peace- blessings, rising up from the earth and the heaving sea, and down the vaulting sky let the wind-gods breathe a wash of sunlight streaming through the land, and the yield of soil and grazing cattle flood our city’s life with power and never flag with time.

Seen only by Orestes, they are responsible for their madness in “Eumenides”.