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Oresteia (Oxford World's Classics)
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The Oresteia is the only trilogy of tragedy plays to survive from Ancient Greece. Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, and Eumenides have established the enduring themes of Greek tragedy--the inexorable nature of Fate, the relationship between justice, revenge, and religion. In this family history, Fate and the gods decree that each generation will repeat the crimes and endure the suffering of their forebears. When Agamemnon is murdered by his wife, Clytemnestra, their son Orestes must avenge his father's death. Only Orestes' appeal to the goddess Athena saves him from his mother's Furies, breaking the bloody chain; together gods and humans inaugurate a way of just conduct that will ensure stable families and a strong community.
The Oresteia is majestic as theater and as literature, and this new translation seeks to preserve both these qualities. The introduction and notes emphasize the relationship between the scenes, ideas, and language that distinguishes this unique work.
The Oresteian trilogy established the themes of Greek tragedy - the inexorable nature of Fate, the relationship between justice, revenge and religion. The plays dramatize the murder of Agamemnon by his wife Clytemnestra, the revenge of her son, and his judgement by the court of Athens.
For those interested in Greek tragedy and classical literature, this volume is a new translation of three plays and is designed to make the author's original words intelligible and meaningful to modern readers.
About the Author
Christopher Collard was Professor of Classics at the University of Wales, Swansea from 1975 until his retirement in 1996. He has published annotated editions of Euripides' Suppliant Women, Hecuba, and Select Fragmentary Plays
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