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AESCHYLUS I : Oresteia, Agamemnon, The…

AESCHYLUS I : Oresteia, Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides… (edition 1973)

by Richmond Lattimore (Translator), David Grene (Editor)

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Title:AESCHYLUS I : Oresteia, Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides (The Complete Greek Tragedies Series)
Authors:Richmond Lattimore (Translator)
Other authors:David Grene (Editor)
Info:University of Chicago Press (1973), 171 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Classical Literature, Greek Literature, Mythology, Paperback, Plays, Tragedy

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The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides (Penguin Classics) by Aeschylus


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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. ( )
  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. ( )
  MichaelRua | Jun 17, 2018 |
It started out a bit uninteresting, but it became better once Cassandra was introduced. ( )
  Frenzie | Jan 18, 2017 |
I did not read this edition. The complete work was included in a literature anthology which I own.
The first two plays were OK, and I read them more from a sense of duty than any other reason.
I really liked the third play. It kept my interest, as it dealt with the dilemma - Should he kill his father's murderer? Or should he refuse to kill his mother? He must do either one or the other, and the Gods will want to punish him either way. ( )
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
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Be like me! -- amid the incessant flux
of appearances, eternally creating,
eternally driving into life, in this
rushing, whirling flux eternally seizing
satisfaction -- I am the Great Mother!
-- Nietzsche, The Birth of Tragedy

The Libation Bearers:
...in my heart there was a kind of fighting
That would not let me sleep. Methought I lay
Worse than the mutines in the bilboes. Rashly --
And prais'd be rashness for it; let us know,
Our indiscretion sometime serves us well
When our deep plots do pall; and that should learn us
There's a divinity that shapes our ends,
Rough-hew them how we will --
-- Shakespeare, Hamlet

The Eumenides:
What climbs the stair?
Nothing that common women ponder on
If you are worth my hope! Neither Content
Nor satisfied Conscience, but that great family
Some ancient famous authors misrepresent,
The Proud Furies each with her torch on high.
-- W. B. Yeats, 'To Dorothy Wellesley'

The Libation Bearers: FOR MY WIFE


(Penguin Classes edition, 1977)
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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)
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]
The Oresteia of Aeschylus was first performed in Athens in the spring of 458 B.C., some two years before the poet's death. (Introduction)
My thanks to Aeschylus for his companionship, his rigours and his kindness. (Foreword, Fagles 1977)
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This LT Work is the complete Oresteia trilogy of plays by Aeschylus, including:

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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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, it's spirit of struggle and regeneration is eternal.

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A trilogy of plays dramatizes the murder of Agamemnon by his wife, Clytemnestra, the revenge of her son, Orestes, and his judgement by the court of Athena.

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