The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides

The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides

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The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides by Aeschylus

In the Oresteia Aeschylus addressed the bloody chain of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos. As they move from darkness to light, from rage to self-governance, from primitive ritual to civilized institution, their spirit of struggle and regeneration becomes an everlasting song of celebration. In Agamemnon, a king's decision to sacrifice his daughter and turn the tide of war inflicts lasting damage on his family, culminating in a terrible act of retribution; The Libation Bearers deals with the aftermath of Clytemnestra's regicide, as her son Orestes sets out to avenge his father's death; and in The Eumenides, Orestes is tormented by supernatural powers that can never be appeased. Forming an elegant and subtle discourse on the emergence of Athenian democracy out of a period of chaos and destruction, The Oresteia is a compelling tragedy of the tensions between our obligations to our families and the laws that bind us together as a society.

The only trilogy in Greek drama that survives from antiquity, Aeschylus' The Oresteia is translated by Robert Fagles with an introduction, notes and glossary written in collaboration with W.B. Stanford in Penguin Classics. 

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140443332
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/1984
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 61,556
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Aeschylus was born of noble family near Athens in 525 BC. He took part in the Persian Wars, and his epitaph represents him as fighting at Marathon. He wrote more than seventy plays, of which only seven have survived, all translated for Penguin Classics: The Supplicants, The Persians, Seven Against Thebes, Prometheus Bound, Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides.

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The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Timbuktu2 More than 1 year ago
The Greeks knew what it was to be a human being. Ufortunately life is a lot like Greek Tragedy. This is one of the first. It eplores the themes of justice, divided loyalties and the dilemmas we face when presented with two absolutely incompatible "goods".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great version of the classic plays, by an excellent translator, and with tremendously helpful additional materials, especially the introduction! I highly recommend all of Fagles translations of classical Greek literature!
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