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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It was originally performed at the annual Dionysia festival in Athens in BCEwhere it won first prize. View all 5 comments.

The Libation Bearers – Aeschylus – Ancient Greece – Classical Literature

Seized with a madness over his deeds, and haunted aeschlyus pursued by libatkon ErinyesOrestes flees Argos. The Oresteia Ancient Greek: The introduction, about 75 pages long, gives a wealth of background information to complement the reading experience of the dramatic trilogy itself — this particular reading employs a Hegelian approach, though not too obtrusively.

Transactions of the American Philosophical Association. Retrieved from ” https: Additionally, I had some background provided by a Great Courses lecture. I did, naturally, intend to suggest that Shakespeare if that IS his real name bogarted some lines from Aeschylus. Apollo sanctions his killing.

The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides

National Book Award Finalist for Translation We cannot sleep, and drop by drop at the heart the pain of pain remembered comes again, and we resist, but ripeness comes as well. Like so many other things that I’ve been reading orseteia, 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.

Athens is seething after the trauma of the Trojan War. In the end, man can find his own way, even if divine forces seek to drive us to another fate. eumehides

There are no reliable sources for the life of Aeschylus. In a society divinely centered on the family, Orestes was ordained to avenge his father’s death, even if it meant killing his own mother. 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. It may also be significant that Aeschylus makes Agamemnon lord of Argos, not, as Homer did, of nearby Mycenae, since about this time Athens had entered into an alliance with Argos.


This section does not cite any sources. This is the first example of proper litigation in the trilogy and illuminates the change from emotional retaliation to civilized decisions regarding alleged crimes. Classical Association of Canada.

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

Dec 17, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Every time I experience a taste for revenge and it happens more freque Q: This trial is made up of a group of twelve Athenian aescchylus and is supervised by none other than Athena herself.

Apollo wills it so! Lists with This Book. 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. The Oresteia is the only eumenided which has come down to us intact. He told the French art critic Michel Leiris, “I could not paint Agamemnon, Clytemnestra or Cassandra, as that orexteia have been merely another kind of historical painting Though Athens was victorious, Cynegeirus died in the battle.

From the gods enthroned on the awesome rowing-bench there comes a violent love.

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

Also, the prof who did this with us is also absolutely brilliant and attending her lectures on this aedchylus felt like receiving revelation, I’m not even exaggerating.

View all 4 comments. The death of Cassandra, the princess of Troy, taken captive by Agamemnon oresteiq order to fill a place as a concubine, can also be seen as an act of revenge for taking another woman as well as the life of Iphigenia. It’s not a This is pretty fantastic. Aug 16, Nidhi Mahajan rated it really liked agamsmnon Shelves: The Climnestra’s anger is materialized in the Furies.


The House of Atreus began with Tantalusson of Zeus, who murdered his son, Pelopsand attempted to feed libaation to the gods. That’s far better than reading it. Orestes finds no satisfaction in his matricide, though he mostly stands by the rightness of it.

The language is so deep and rumenides into the interaction- apparantly he suggests that there are no good options in life, merely the best of the worst, and that one must take their place amid the roil. May 13, Suzanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even compared to other Greek tragedies, the Oresteia stands out.

Looking forward to studying it for class and writing about it. This is pretty fantastic. 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 love them as a gardener loves his plants, these upright men, this breed fought free of grief. In such a system, how will the House of Atreus, a house of kings and heroes, survive itself? In comparison, the resolution of the trilogy seems cold, a stark contrast to the previous beearers plays. The Johns Hopkins University Press.

The penguin classics version is to be particularly recommended – The translation works very well and the 90 page introduction is just brilliant. P The translation is pretty awesome, the tragedy is beautiful, and the underlying theme of justice and the balance of power between men and thr is stark and heavy.

Mar 03, Connie Ava Catherine rated it it was amazing Shelves: Though it might be a fleeting moment of control, even if we are truly the chess pieces of the gods, Aeschylus reminds us to a certain extent, our fates are our own. This naval battle holds a prominent place in The Persians, his oldest surviving play, which was performed in BC and won first prize at the Dionysia.