The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides

The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides

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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 and regeneration becomes an everlasting song of celebration.

Title:The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780140443332
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    The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides Reviews

  • Lisa

    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 s...

  • Steve

    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 ...

  • Bradley

    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 tr...

  • Laura

    Murder, betrayal, revenge, torment . . . you might wonder, “Why would I bother reading three Greek plays when I could see the same sort of lurid problems on an episode of Jerry Springer? And fold la...

  • WILLIAM2

    I can only vouch for this Robert Fagles' translation, but yes, astonishingly gripping after more than 2,400 years....

  • Jennifer

    "I have suffered into truth""You know the rules, now turn them into justice.""The outrage stands as it stands, you burn to know the end...""Never try to cut my power with your logic.""We spoil ourselv...

  • Jonfaith

    And the blood that Mother Earth consumesclots hard, it won’t seep through, it breeds revenge and frenzy goes through the guilty,seething like infection, swarming through the brain. I’d give this t...

  • Roy Lotz

    The Greeks had an intoxicating culture, or at least it seems to us. All of the iniquities and superstitions of the ancient people have been buried or lost, leaving only the perfect skeletons of buildi...

  • Yigal Zur

    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 ca...

  • E. G.

    ForewordAcknowledgementsA Reading of 'The Oresteia': The Serpent and the Eagle--Agamemnon--The Libation Bearers--The EumenidesThe Genealogy of OrestesSelect BibliographyNotesGlossary...