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The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides (edition 1984)

by Aeschylus

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Aeschylus (525-c.456 bc) set his great trilogy in the immediate aftermath of the Fall of Troy, when King Agamemnon returns to Argos, a victor in war. Agamemnon depicts the hero's discovery that his family has been destroyed by his wife's infidelity and ends with his death at her callous hand. Clytemnestra's crime is repaid in The Choephori when her outraged son Orestes kills both her and her lover. The Eumenides then follows Orestes as he is hounded to Athens by the Furies' law of vengeance and depicts Athene replacing the bloody cycle of revenge with a system of civil justice. Written in the years after the Battle of Marathon, The Oresteian Trilogy affirmed the deliverance of democratic Athens not only from Persian conquest, but also from its own barbaric past.… (more)
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Title:The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides
Authors:Aeschylus
Info:Penguin Classics (1984), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 336 pages
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Includes Agamemnon, The Libation-Bearers, & The Eumenides.
Translation by Hugh Lloyd-Jones.
  treehorse | Nov 7, 2019 |
These are great to read - full of humanity, but also a bit confusing - translating thousands year old drama to a modern audience can always be hit or miss. These are the stories are the stories of the Agamemnon and his family - full of tragedy, damned if you do, damned if you don't.

The first play that makes up "The Oresteia" starts when Agamemnon returns from the Trojan War. Clytaemnestra is still upset at the sacrifice of her daughter (understandable so). When Agamemnon returns with a captured Cassandra, it tips Clytaemnestra to murder her hustband.

The second play has Orestes, son of Agamemnon and Clytaemnestra, in a bind - he is charged with avenging his fathers killer, but matricide is one of the big sins in Ancient Greek Culture. The last book, "The Eumenides" is a tale of redemption, kind of. Orestes has been hounded by the Kind Ones for the crime of killing his mother. But Apollo takes pity on him, and purifies him. Orestes is put on trial, and at the end, everybody survives. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Oct 27, 2019 |
A piece of advice. Always refuse an invitation to an Agamemnon family reunion. Just say no. They are people to leave your mouth agape, and not in the Greek and Biblical senses of the word either. You needn’t take only my advice on this. Ask Aeschylus. Oh, wait . . . he’s gone. You’ll have to read his Oresteia instead to understand. And you should. ( )
1 vote dypaloh | Sep 1, 2018 |
Includes: Agamemnon, Choephori, Eumenides ( )
  deckla | Aug 26, 2018 |
Ought to be required reading for what it says about wars, governments and leaders that destroy the lives of others on a whim-- all within the first few pages.
Classicists may gripe about Hughes' translation, but if you want the classics to survive, give us the funds for more editions like this in the public schools. The (cheap) excerpts provided in (cheap) school textbooks are guaranteed to be inoffensive, tone-deaf, bland, boring and off-putting. Give us Heaney's Beowulf, Hughes' Aeschylus and a decent Odyssey and you'll win more converts at a younger age. Penguin and Oxford editions are fine but it's almost impossible to get school leaders to choke up money for a classroom set. ( )
1 vote MichaelRua | Jun 17, 2018 |
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I ask the gods some respite from the weariness/ of this watchtime measured by years I lie awake/ elbowed upon the Atreidaes' roof dogwise to mark/ the grand processionals of all the stars of night/ burdened with winter and again with heat for men,/ dynasties in their shining blazoned on the air,/ these stars, upon their wane and when the rest arise. (tr. Lattimore 1953)
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Dear gods, set me free from all the pain,
the long watch I keep, one whole year awake..
propped on my arms, crouched on the roofs of Atreus
like a dog.

[tr. Fagles 1984]
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This LT Work is the complete Oresteia trilogy of plays by Aeschylus, including:

Agamemnon,
Choephori (a/k/a, The Libation Bearers), and
Eumenides (a/k/a, The Furies).

Please do not combine this trilogy with any of the individual plays, or with any other collection. Specifically, do not combine this work with any edition that also includes Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound. Thank you.
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Translations of the extant plays of Aeschylus.
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