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Aeschylus Plays: v. 2: "The Oresteia", "Agamemnon"," The Libation-bearers" and "The Eumenides"

Aeschylus Plays: v. 2: "The Oresteia", "Agamemnon"," The Libation-bearers" and "The Eumenides"

Kenneth McLeish, Aeschylus, Stephen Raphael, J. Michael Walton

ISBN: 9780413654809

Contains the classical tragic trilogy "The Oresteia", which traces the passage of Greek emancipation from belief in blind necessity and from unquestioning submission to savage divinities. This is a companion volume to "Aeschylus Plays: One" which includes

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Four of Aeschylus' greatest plays reissued in the new Classical Greek Dramatists series Includes the Oresteia trilogy, a key sequence of plays within the Western dramatic tradition - widely studied in schools and universities. Agamemnon tells the tale of the king's return from the battle of Troyto find that his wife has laid out a red carpet to welcome him that will, ironically, lead him to his death; The Libation Bearers continues the saga into the next generation with Orestes and Electra seeking justice for their dead father whilst in the Eumenides, the traces of inherited bloodlust are laid to rest by the figure of Athene. Translated with an introduction and notes from J. Michael Walton - the series editor for the Greek classics and reissued in the new Methuen Classical Greek Dramatists series in stylish, new and modern jackets.

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Aeschylus was the earliest of the three great tragic poets of Greece-Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. He was born at Eleusis in 525 B.C.E., served in the Athenian army, and fought in the pivotal battles of the great Greek war with the Persians, including at Marathon. He showed himself as a great writer at a young age, but did not win a dramatic competition before his late 30s. After that, he ... view full profile

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