The Oresteia of Aeschylus

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Overview

Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.
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Library Journal
British Poet Laureate Hughes translated this great Greek trilogy before his death in October 1998. Agamemnon, Choephori, and The Eumenides, written in 468 B.C.E., tell the story of the blood feud within the House of Atreus. It begins with Agamemnon's murder by his wife, Clytemnestra, followed by their son Orestes' matricide and the final judgment by a jury of Athenian citizens. These tragedies show ancient Greek views on the power and mercy of deities in deciding human fate. Notable for its poetic beauty and compassion; Hughes's superb lyric translation is a refreshing read for a contemporary English literary and theater audience. Other earlier translations were by Robert Lowell (1978) and Richard Lattimore (1954). With production details unseen at the time of this review, this translation's claim to be another "acting version" of the trilogy remains to be validated. However, based on Hughes's literary reputation and the beauty of the text, this new English translation is a worthy acquisition for all public and academic libraries.--Ming-ming Shen Kuo, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, IN Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Though it's tempting to imagine the late English poet laureate's long tortured relationship with the image of (his wife) feminist heroine Sylvia Plath as its subtext, this vivid free-verse translation of Aeschylus' dark and bloody tragic trilogy (comprising Agamemnon, Choephori, and Eumenides) more properly evinces Hughes's wide range of interests and mastery of classic literatures. His nearly conversational rhythms produce an arresting mixture of colloquialism and formality, enlivened by strong imagery (as in the matricidal Orestes' declaration that "This house has been the goblet / That the demon of homicide, unquenchable, / Has loved to drain"), and only infrequently weakened by astonishing woodenness—as in Clytemnestra's cool reply to the Chorus who lament her murder of her husband: "You think I'm an irresponsible woman? / You are making a mistake"). Perhaps not the ultimate "acting edition" it claims to be, but, still, an essential further installment in the always interesting oeuvre of a gifted poet who was also a diligent scholar.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781290827645
  • Publisher: Hard Press Editions
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

AGAMEMNON: 3
CHOEPHORI: 89
THE EUMENIDES: 149
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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    Great Play - Terrible E-Book

    I love the Oresteia of Aeschylus - the only problem is that this e-book is unreadable - pagination and spacing are severely messed up.

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