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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Other important themes covered by the trilogy include: After Orestes begged Athena for deliverance from ‘the Erinyes ,’ she granted him his request in the form of a trial. More than a few traces of Shakespeare in here, by eumwnides way.

In — Composer Sergei Taneyev adapted the trilogy into his own operatic trilogy of the same name, which was premiered in View all 3 comments. Retrieved from ” https: The trilogy presents the development of early democratic elements in the Greek city-states within the larger narrative of a chain of murders.

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

Though Athens was victorious, Cynegeirus died in the battle. This is written almost years ago and, yes the cliche is true- it’s xgamemnon from the headlines.

This is perhaps ancient Greece’s most famous tragic trilogy that has survived antiquity. The 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.


During this Golden Age playwrights wrote trilogies, which were intended, performed and perceived by audiences as coherent wholes. Macy Accessed October 15,subscription access. The canvasses are based on the Eumenides—or Furies—of Aeschylus’s Oresteia National Book Award Finalist for Translation 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 took as his subject the bloody chain of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos.

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 Hundred, but it was also performed on stage.

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Mar 28, Alexander Santiago rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: By the end of the trilogy, Orestes is seen to be the key, not only to ending the curse of the House of Atreus, but also in laying the foundation for a new step in the progress of humanity. In a society divinely centered on the family, Orestes was ordained to avenge his father’s death, even if i Even compared to other Greek tragedies, the Oresteia stands out.

The gods gave her a life of ease, swathed her in wings, no tears, no wailing. Each play has its own chorus and an almost separate cast of characters, but the trilogy is united by the basis of the plots and the cycle of legends.

Aeschylus has a way with ironic, monumental dialogues which portend tremendous climaxes. I did, naturally, intend to suggest that Shakespeare if that IS his real name bogarted some lines from Aeschylus.


Each of the plays is self-contained; however, the endings of the first two oresteiq transition naturally into the following plays. Mine is the overthrow of houses, yes, when warlust reared like a tame beast seizes near and dear- down on the man we swoop, aie! It’s not just about the family drama or the bloody cycle of revenge. The Johns Hopkins University Press. Stanford, titled “The Serpent and the Eagle”, helped me to see the much deeper issues that are explored in the play.

The cycle of revenge fhe to be broken when Orestes is not killed by the Furies, but is instead allowed to be set free and deemed innocent by the goddess Athena.

The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides

Nevertheless, according to Aristotle, it was alleged that Aeschylus had placed clues about the secret rites in his seventh tragedy, Prometheus Bound. Open Preview See a Problem?

How many great authors were inspired by the characters in these plays? As the name implies, members of the cult were supposed to have gained some sort of mystical, secret knowledge.

At the end of the Trojan War, Agamemnon returns victorious to his palace.