Synopses & Reviews
The most famous series of ancient Greek plays, and the only surviving trilogy, is the Oresteia
of Aeschylus, consisting of Agamemnon
, and Eumenides
. These three plays recount the murder of Agamemnon by his queen Clytemnestra on his return from Troy with the captive Trojan princess Cassandra; the murder in turn of Clytemnestra by their son Orestes; and Orestes' subsequent pursuit by the Avenging Furies (Eumenides) and eventual absolution.
Hugh Lloyd-Jones's informative notes elucidate the text, and introductions to each play set the trilogy against the background of Greek religion as a whole and Greek tragedy in particular, providing a balanced assessment of Aeschylus's dramatic art.
"By far the best translation. Faithful to the original Greek text and eminently readable. The notes constitute a commentary in their own right."Albert Henrichs, Harvard University
"Hugh Lloyd-Jones's translation stands out very much from any other. The notes are first class and scholarly."Jeffrey Rusten, Cornell University
About the Author
Hugh Lloyd-Jones was Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Oxford and author of, among many titles, The Justice of Zeus (California, 1971).
Table of Contents
Agamemnon -- The Choephoroe -- Eumenides.