Feb 7, The Paperback of the The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides by Aeschylus at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on. The Oresteia (Ancient Greek: Ὀρέστεια) is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus in The trilogy—consisting of Agamemnon (Ἀγαμέμνων), The Libation Bearers . The final play of the Oresteia, called The Eumenides ( Εὐμενίδες. “The Oresteia” trilogy by the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus consists of the three linked plays “Agamemnon”, “The Libation Bearers” and “The Eumenides”.

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In the end, man can find his own way, even if divine forces seek to drive us to another fate. There is much to be said about the play itself, its role in Greek society, how it exhibits the transition from revenge and blood-feud to democracy and self-governance, the history of the cultural mythologies surrounding it. Aeschylus traveled to Sicily once or twice in the s BC, having Agamemnon, Libation-Bearers, Eumenides, Fragments. The main idea of The Oresteia is that injustice and the blood-feud must be eliminated if society is to attain a high level of social organization, which can only be achieved through the introduction of public morality and civic legal processes.

Mar 28, Alexander Santiago rated it it was amazing Recommends it bsarers There is also an underlying metaphorical aspect to the entire drama: Orestes is said to be the end of the curse of the House of Atreus. Only peace- blessings, rising up from the earth and the bsarers sea, and down the vaulting sky let the wind-gods breathe a wash of sunlight streaming through the land, and the yield of soil and grazing cattle flood our city’s life with power and never flag with time.


The Oresteia is the only surviving example of a Greek tragic trilogy, so it has immense importance in the history eumwnides drama. He proclaims that justice has been served, and tries to justify his actions. Moving 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.

P The translation is pretty awesome, the tragedy is beautiful, and the underlying theme of justice and the balance of power between men and women is stark and heavy. Throw an eagle in there.

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The language is so deep and seeps into the interaction- apparantly he suggests that there are no good options in life, merely the best of the worst, and that one must take their place amid the roil. There is also an underlying metaphorical aspect to the entire drama: Those who join the family seem to play a part in the curse as well, as is seen with Clytemnestra when she murders her husband Agamemnon, as an act of revenge for him sacrificing their daughter, Iphigenia.

Many consider the Oresteia to be Aeschylus’ finest work. And I, In the trials of war where fighters burn for fame, will never endure the overflow of Athens- all will praise her, victor oresteiia, pride of man. I think I like this old Greek trilogy of plays better than agamemnnon the others that I’ve read. We cannot sleep, and drop by drop at the heart the pain of pain remembered comes again, and we resist, but ripeness comes as well.

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She desires his death to avenge the sacrifice of her daughter Iphigeniato exterminate the only thing hindering her from commandeering the crown, and finally be able to publicly embrace her long-time-lover Aegisthus.


By the end of aezchylus trilogy, Orestes is seen to be the key, not only to ending the curse of the House of Atreus, but also in laying the foundation for a new step in the progress of humanity. Yet what is good?

The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides

Back to Top of Page. Trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus. Clytemnestra is another character that is able to be analyzed in terms of moral responsibility, her premeditated killing of Agamemnon was an act of euemnides and allows for us to see her as morally responsible for her husband’s death.

View all 6 comments. You can find it here: Suddenly the exiled lover of Clytemnestra, Aegisthus, bursts into the palace to take his place next to her.

And you also expect it from Aeschylus, whose surviving plays endure and thrive in the hands of translators of craft and imagination across the centuries.

The Oresteia – Aeschylus – Ancient Greece – Classical Literature

University of Illinois Press. The play opens to a watchman looking down and over the sea, reporting that he has been lying restless “like a dog” for a year, waiting to see some sort of signal confirming a Greek victory in Troy.

In his lifetime Aeschylus ca.