The Oresteia: Agamemnon, the Libation Bearers, and the Eumenides

The Oresteia: Agamemnon, the Libation Bearers, and the Eumenides

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by Aeschylus
     
 

ISBN-10: 0192832816

ISBN-13: 9780192832818

Pub. Date: 09/28/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Aeschylus' Oresteia is the only trilogy to survive from Greek tragedy, and the religious and moral ideas it enacts afterwards influenced a great dramatic genre, as well as giving its three plays their lasting significance. In this family history, Fate and the gods decree that each generation will repeat the crimes and endure the suffering of their forebears. When

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Aeschylus' Oresteia is the only trilogy to survive from Greek tragedy, and the religious and moral ideas it enacts afterwards influenced a great dramatic genre, as well as giving its three plays their lasting significance. In this family history, Fate and the gods decree that each generation will repeat the crimes and endure the suffering of their forebears. When Agamemnon is murdered by his wife, Clytemnestra, their son Orestes must avenge his death. Only Orestes' appeal to the goddess Athena saves him from his mother's Furies, breaking the bloody chain; together gods and humans inaugurate a way of just conduct that will ensure stable families and a strong community. The Oresteia is majestic as theatre and as literature, and this new translation seeks to preserve both these qualities. The introduction and notes emphasize the interconnection of scenes, ideas, and language that distinguishes this unique work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192832818
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations: Play-Titles and Works Frequently Citedix
Summary of the Stage-Actionxi
Introductionxv
1.Aeschylus and the Oresteiaxv
2.A view of the Oresteiaxx
2.1.The dramatic ideas and their sourcesxx
2.2.The dramatic design and the charactersxxiii
2.3.Issues and meaningsxxx
2.4.The plays in Aeschylus' theatrexliii
3.Dramatic form and language in Aeschylusxlviii
3.1.Dramatic form in generalxlviii
3.2.Speech and spoken dialoguexlix
3.3.Choral song and lyric dialogueli
3.4.Language and imageryliv
4.Aeschylus now: 'reception' and public responselix
Note on the Text, Translation, and Explanatory Noteslxiii
Bibliography and Further Readinglxix
A Chronology of Aeschylus' Life and Timeslxxiv
Family Trees of the Principal Characters of the Oresteialxxvi
Map: Greece and the Aegean Sealxxviii
Agamemnon1
Libation Bearers49
Eumenides83
Explanatory Notes114
Textual Appendix229

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