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Bal density that can at times modulate into the simplest expressions The precise but complicated rhythms of this translation honor the music of the original Greek bringing into unforgettable English the Aeschylean vision of a world fraught with spiritual and political tensions a world in which justice is a cosmic balance that inevitably rights itself both by means of and despite the evil deeds of characters who claim to act on justice's behalf. i read now no 2 the main conflict between son and mother the erotic freedom of the women the mother is destructive for the son as he is suppose to get the heritage you killed my father how can i live with you amazing conflict great writing stilla lot of build up for me as i write a new thriller

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Ety from blood vengeance to the rule of law The story of the house of Atreus is a tale of incest adultery human sacrifice cannibalism and political intrigue It is also a story in which human action is simultaneously willed and determined In this new translation the strangeness of the original Greek and its enduring human truth come alive in language that is remarkable for its unrelenting poetic intensity its rich metaphorical texture and a ver. Murder betrayal revenge torment you might wonder Why would I bother reading three Greek plays when I could see the same sort of lurid problems on an episode of Jerry Springer And fold laundry at the same time Two possible answers First you re not going to get patricide matricide human sacrifice and unintentional cannibalism on daytime TV because we still draw the line somewhere and you have to admit those are pretty dramatic More importantly though along with the dysfunction in the House of Atreus comes a searing examination of guilt retribution and justice It s a lot of philosophical bang for your buckThe first play in the trilogy Agamemnon sets up the conflict for the remaining two Agamemnon returns home from the Trojan War to his wife Clytemnestra who has spent the last ten years plotting revenge because he sacrificed their daughter to appease a god at the outset of the journey The verbal interplay at their reunion is the stuff of English majors dreams Clytaemnestra s subseuent murder of Agamemnon with the help of a lover who has his own history with Agamemnon is the stuff of Mafia dreams though actually I m only guessing on that one However Clytaemnestra s revenge creates the conflict that drives the other two plays and generates the ethical conundrum Aeschylus ultimately wants to solve For now Clytaemnestra s son Orestes needs to avenge his father s death but what happens if you kill your own mother And how is the cycle of revenge ever supposed to end The Libation Bearers has Orestes debating what he should do sort of like Hamlet until the advice of his sister and the chorus women wins the day and that s when the excitement kicks up a notch Clytaemnestra s death at the hand of her son calls forth the avenging Furies ancient goddesses of chthonic tradition who appear here as gorgon like horrors swathed in black heads writhing with snakes It s so dramatic Also it s fitting for Clytaemnestra is like a Fury herself in avenging her daughter s death she acts within the old paradigm of blood ties that the Furies champion wherein maternal claims are stronger than marital So even though Orestes does his duty to avenge his father in accordance with the current ethos he s pursed by snaky haired horrors for killing his mother Like his father Orestes appears to be both an agent and a victim of fate for in following the gods direction to avenge his father s death he both aligns himself with the Furies spirit of vengeance and becomes subject to it Perhaps Orestes contradictory relationship with the Furies is Aeschylus s commentary on a theology rife with snares and contradictions In The Eumenides Aeschylus resolves the problem but his solution to the blood feud tradition is hardly unproblematic itself read it and lose sleep But you ll know for sure why this is a masterpiece

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The Oresteia by Aeschylus the only extant trilogy among the Greek tragedies is one of the great foundational texts of Western culture Beginning with Agamemnon which describes Agamemnon's return from the Trojan War and his murder at the hands of his wife Clytemnestra and continuing through Orestes' murder of Clytemnestra in Libation Bearers and his acuittal at Athena's court in Eumenides the trilogy traces the evolution of justice in human soci. Seeing the Oresteia on stage is an overwhelming experience to say the least Reading and discussing the drama at university felt like going through the Disney version of it by comparison Hearing the screams seeing the blood and madness following real people on their anxious road down to hellish destruction while they stare at you the audience with blind eyes that is almost than one can bear even if one is familiar with the intertwined plays beforehandViolence leads to violence in a brutal chain reaction That is a curse that the family of Atreus experiences in three consecutive steps Agamemnon has to choose between political and military success and his love for his daughter Iphigenia He chooses to be a leader over being a human so he sacrifices his daughter on the way to Troy and thus kicks off the action thriller Klytamnestra his wife follows the call of revenge as does Orestes the son Electra on the sidelines cheers on her brother when he kills his mother and thus participates in the honour killingsSpirals of violence are not unusual in the history of mankind but unluckily we don t possess the Greek dramatic device of a deus ex machina to set the score straight and suggest a solution that leads to better understanding and rule of law Or could one see the international organisations formed after the Second World War like the UNO or later the EU as such attempts at reining in the blood lust of humiliated and hurt humanity Of eternal contemporary relevance the Oresteia is hard to stomach but important to consider Must read a classic even after two and a half millennia

About the Author: Aeschylus

Αισχύλος Ésuilo in Portuguese; Esuilo in Spanish; Eschyle en français; Eschil in romanian; Эсхил in russianAeschylus an ancient Greek playwright is often recognized as the father or the founder of tragedy He is the earliest of the three Greek tragedians whose plays survive extant the others being Sophocles and Euripides According to Aristotle he expanded the number of characters in plays to allow for conflict among them; previously characters interacted only with the chorus Unfortunately only seven of an estimated 70 plays by Aeschylus have survived into modern times; one of these plays Prometheus Bound is sometimes thought not to be the work of AeschylusAt least one of Aeschylus's works was influenced by the Persian invasion of Greece which took place during his lifetime His play The Persians remains a good primary source of information about this period in Greek history The war was so important to Greeks and to Aeschylus himself that upon his death around 456 BC his epitaph included a reference to his participation in the Greek victory at Marathon but not to his success as a playwrightThere are no reliable sources for the life of Aeschylus He was said to have been born in c 525 in Eleusis a small town about 27 kilometers northwest of Athens which is nestled in the fertile valleys of western Attica though the date is most likely based on counting back forty years from his first victory in the Great Dionysia His family was both wealthy and well established; his father Euphorion was a member of the Eupatridae the ancient nobility of AtticaAs a youth he worked at a vineyard until according to the 2nd century AD geographer Pausanias the god Dionysus visited him in his sleep and commanded him to turn his attention to the nascent art of tragedy As soon as he woke from the dream the young Aeschylus began writing a tragedy and his first performance took place in 499 BC when he was only 26 years old After fifteen years his skill was great enough to win a prize for his plays at Athens' annual city Dionysia playwriting competition But in the interim his dramatic career was interrupted by war The armies of the Persian Empire which had already conuered the Greek city states of Ionia entered mainland Greece in the hopes of conuering it as wellIn 490 BC Aeschylus and his brother Cynegeirus fought to defend Athens against Darius's invading Persian army at the Battle of Marathon Though Athens was victorious Cynegeirus died in the battle Aeschylus continued to write plays during the lull between the first and second Persian invasions of Greece and won his first victory at the city Dionysia in 484 BC In 480 he was called into military service again this time against Xerxes' invading forces at the Battle of Salamis This naval battle holds a prominent place in The Persians his oldest surviving play which was performed in 472 BC and won first prize at the DionysiaAeschylus was one of many Greeks who had been initiated into the Eleusinian Mysteries a cult to Demeter based in his hometown of Eleusis As the name implies members of the cult were supposed to have gained some sort of mystical secret knowledge Firm details of the Mysteries' specific rites are sparse as members were sworn under the penalty of death not to reveal anything about the Mysteries to non initiates Nevertheless according to Aristotle it was alleged that Aeschylus had placed clues about the secret rites in his seventh tragedy Prometheus Bound According to some sources an angry mob tried to kill Aeschylus on the spot but he fled the scene When he stood trial for his offense Aeschylus pleaded ignorance and was only spared because of his brave service in the Persian WarsAeschylus traveled to Sicily once or twice in the 470s BC having

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  1. says:

    Seeing the Oresteia on stage is an overwhelming experience to say the least Reading and discussing the drama at university felt like going through the Disney version of it by comparison Hearing the screams seeing the blood

  2. says:

    Let good prevail So be it Yet what is good ? And who is God? As many deeply conservative societies have discovered time and time again societies in which there is only one right order and this order is warranted by the highest authorities recognized by the society when change comes and come it always must not only do those in power tumble but the authority of the godspriests ancestors laws whatever the highest authorities happen to be in

  3. says:

    This is pretty fantastic I'm surprised I think I like this old Greek trilogy of plays better than all the others that I've read That's including Oedipus PThe translation is pretty awesome the tragedy is beautiful and the un

  4. says:

    Murder betrayal revenge torment you might wonder “Why would I bother reading three Greek plays when I could see the same sort of lurid problems on an episode of Jerry Springer? And fold laundry at the same time??” Two possible answers First you’re not going to get patricide matricide human sacrifice and unintentional cannibalism on day

  5. says:

    I can only vouch for this Robert Fagles' translation but yes astonishingly gripping after than 2400 years

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    I have suffered into truthYou know the rules now turn them into justiceThe outrage stands as it stands you burn to know the endNever try to cut my power with your logicWe spoil ourselves with scruples long as things go wellOld men

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    The Greeks had an intoxicating culture or at least it seems to us All of the iniuities and superstitions of the ancient people have been buried or lost leaving only the perfect skeletons of buildings and the greatest of their literary productions As a result they strike us as a race of superpeople This trilogy certainly furthers this impression for it is a perfect poetic representation of the birth of justice and ethics out of the primord

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    And the blood that Mother Earth consumesclots hard it won’t seep through it breeds revenge and frenzy goes through the guiltyseething like infection swarming through the brain I’d give this ten stars The trilogy creates an arc a link from blood sacrifice and burnt offerings to the nascent construct of something resembling jurisprudence Superstition giving way begrudgingly to law While the final trial isn’t exactly one by peers it is

  9. says:

    i read now no 2 the main conflict between son and mother the erotic freedom of the women the mother is destructive for th

  10. says:

    ForewordAcknowledgementsA Reading of 'The Oresteia' The Serpent and the Eagle Agamemnon The Libation Bearers The

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