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Agamemnon
     

Agamemnon

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by Aeschylus
 

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"Agamemnon" is the first of the three linked tragedies which make up "The Oresteia" trilogy by the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus, followed by "The Libation Bearers" and "The Eumenides". The trilogy as a whole, originally performed at the annual Dionysia festival in Athens in 458 BCE, where it won first prize, is considered to be Aeschylus' last authenticated, and

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"Agamemnon" is the first of the three linked tragedies which make up "The Oresteia" trilogy by the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus, followed by "The Libation Bearers" and "The Eumenides". The trilogy as a whole, originally performed at the annual Dionysia festival in Athens in 458 BCE, where it won first prize, is considered to be Aeschylus' last authenticated, and also his greatest, work. "Agamemnon" describes the homecoming of Agamemnon, king of Argos, from the Trojan War, and his return to his wife, Clytemnestra, who had been planning his murder (in concert with her lover, Aegisthus) as revenge for Agamemnon's earlier sacrifice of their daughter, Iphigenia.

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“Mulroy’s rendering could well become the standard text for students of classics in English, as pre-reading for those attempting the difficult Greek, and possibly as an acting version. . . .  It is the best [translation] this reviewer has come across.”—Classics for All

Product Details

BN ID:
2940039244434
Publisher:
Englewood, Cliffs, N.J., Prentice-Hall
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NOOK Book
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76 KB

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Sleep disappears and in its stead
            the memory of pain
drips around the restless heart
            a never-ending rain.
Self-knowledge comes to those who wish
            and those who wish it not.
Our helmsmen are divinities,
            and they’re a violent lot.
—chorus from Agamemnon

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