Agamemnon

Agamemnon

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by Aeschylus
     
 

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Agamemnon - Aeschylus - Translated by E.D.A. Morshead - Aeschylus begins in Greece describing the return of King Agamemnon from his victory in the Trojan War, from the perspective of the towns people (the Chorus) and his wife, Clytemnestra. However, dark foreshadowings build to the death of the king at the hands of his wife, who was angry at his sacrifice of their

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Agamemnon - Aeschylus - Translated by E.D.A. Morshead - Aeschylus begins in Greece describing the return of King Agamemnon from his victory in the Trojan War, from the perspective of the towns people (the Chorus) and his wife, Clytemnestra. However, dark foreshadowings build to the death of the king at the hands of his wife, who was angry at his sacrifice of their daughter Iphigenia, killed so the Gods would stop a storm hindering the Greek fleet in the war. She was also unhappy at his keeping of the Trojan prophetess Cassandra as a concubine. Cassandra foretells of the murder of Agamemnon, and of herself, to the assembled townsfolk, who are horrified. She then enters the palace knowing that she cannot avoid her fate. The ending of the play includes a prediction of the return of Orestes, son of Agamemnon, who will seek to avenge his father.
Aeschylus; c. 525/524 - c. 456/455 BC, was an ancient Greek tragedian. His plays, alongside those of Sophocles and Euripides, are the only works of Classical Greek literature to have survived. He is often described as the father of tragedy: critics' and scholars' knowledge of the genre begins with his work, and understanding of earlier tragedies is largely based on inferences from his surviving plays. According to Aristotle, he expanded the number of characters in theater to allow conflict among them, whereas characters previously had interacted only with the chorus.

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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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Agamemnon 2.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Trojan war Agamemnon
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can understand many languages but this is just unreadable it is in italian french or german for that matter riight now i am about to start to speaking chiniese DO NOT READ. Author needs to right in english
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Where have i heard the name of this book before?