The only trilogy in Greek drama that survives from antiquity, Aeschylus’ The Oresteia is translated by Robert fagles with an introduction, notes. The Oresteia / Aeschylus ; translated [from the Greek] by Robert Fagles ; introductory essay, notes and glossary by Robert Fagles and W.B. Stanford Aeschylus. In “Agamemnon, the warrior who defeated Troy returns to Argos and is murdered by his wife Robert Fagles () was Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of.

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The Oresteia Ancient Greek: Jan 02, S. Aeschylus has a way with ironic, monumental dialogues which portend tremendous climaxes. Back-to-back in the style of Mortimer Adler. Bound by its own traditions and practices, the House of Atreus would agxmemnon collapse in on itself. We sing to you, dark gods beneath the earth.

Some of tagles favorite excerpts: Unfortunately, only seven of an estimated 70 plays by Aeschylus have survived into modern times; one of these plays, Prometheus Boundis sometimes thought not to be the work of Aeschylus. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

Literary Collections Literary Criticism Category: Her son kills her. As for the plays, well Seen only by Orestes, they are responsible for their madness in “Eumenides”. His wife Clytemnestra, understandably, resents this; perhaps less agamemnln, she has been unfaithful to her husband in his long absence, and, together with her new lover Aegisthus, plots to kill her husband, as well as poor Cassandra.


They’ve seeped into our collective unconscious, our cultural heritage- noble, tormented, insecure and niaeve Agamemnon, bitter and cunning and oppressed and grand Clytemnestra, sleazy and arrogant Aegisthus. Seeing the Furies asleep, Clytemnestra ‘s ghost comes to wake them up to obtain justice on her son Orestes for killing her.

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

The characters in the play often face difficulty when it comes to accepting the blame for their actions. See all 83 reviews.

Both sides of the argument stand; that because of the circumstances surrounding his actions, Agamemnon cannot be seen as morally responsible, or, no matter the circumstances, he was morally responsible for killing his daughter. But I understand falges you thought so. Bazillions, give or take.

Later on, in The Libation BearersOrestes and Electra, cagles as well as the other children of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, plot to kill their mother and succeed in doing so due to their desire to avenge their father’s death. Feb 07, Pages Buy. May 04, Terry rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, with Apollo stepping in to tell the truth about what had occurred, that he had in fact pushed Orestes to kill his own mother, Orestes can be seen to hold no moral responsibility over the death of Clytemnestra.

The Oresteia

This is written almost years ago and, yes the cliche is true- it’s ripped from the headlines. Later in life Pelops and his family line were cursed by Myrtilusa son of Hermes, catalyzing the curse of House Atreus.


The idea that this play is the earliest existing play in Western literature, years old, and yet it is so highly refined and complex, never ceases to amaze me. When he stood trial for his offense, Aeschylus pleaded ignorance and was only spared because of his brave service in the Persian Wars. I would definitely recommend reading all 3 parts together, as they build one after the other.

The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides

The cycle of murder and revenge had come to an end while the foundation for future litigation had been laid. Rise up, proud fwgles, long, too long your walls lay fallen, strewn along the earth.

Switching to Fagles made all the difference. In Agamemnona king’s decision to sacrifice his daughter and turn the tide of war inflicts lasting damage on his family, culminating in a terrible act faglee 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 EumenidesOrestes is tormented by supernatural powers that can never be appeased.