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THE ORESTEIAN TRILOGY: Agamemnon; The Choephori; The Eumenides by Aeschylus (translated by Philip Vellacott) - Paperback - Later Printing - 1959 - from W. Fraser Sandercombe and Biblio.com

THE ORESTEIAN TRILOGY: Agamemnon; The Choephori; The Eumenides

by Aeschylus (translated by Philip Vellacott)

Condition: Very Good


Middlesex, England: Penguin Classics, 1959. 203 pp. Trade paperback format. All three titles in a single volume: Agamemnon; The Choephori; and The Eumenides. Light edge and corner wear with faint creasing on the spine; no interior markings. The cover features a gold mask of Agamemnon. Aeschylus was an ancient Greek tragedian. He is often described as the father of tragedy. Academics' knowledge of the genre begins with his work, and understanding of earlier tragedies is largely based on inferences from his surviving plays. According to Aristotle, he expanded the number of characters in the theatre and allowed conflict among them; characters previously had interacted only with the chorus. Only seven of his estimated seventy to ninety plays have survived and three of the best ones are presented here.. Later Printing. Soft Cover. Very Good. 12mo.

‘Anger still unreconciled Poisoning a house’s life With darkness, treachery and strife’ (47 Aeschylus (525–c.456 BC) set his great trilogy in the immediate aftermath of the Fall of Troy, when King Agamemnon returns to Argos, a victor in war. Agamemnon depicts the hero’s discovery that his family has been destroyed by his wife’s infidelity and ends with his death at her callous hand. Clytemnestra’s crime is repaid in The Choephori when her outraged son Orestes kills both her and her lover. The Eumenides then follows Orestes as he is hounded to Athens by the Furies’ law of vengeance and depicts Athene replacing the bloody cycle of revenge with a system of civil justice. Written in the years after the Battle of Marathon, The Oresteian Trilogy affirmed the deliverance of democratic Athens not only from Persian conquest, but also from its own barbaric past. Philip Vellacott’s verse translation makes this eternal dramatic masterpiece accessible for the modern reader. In his introduction, he examines the historical context and the literary style of the plays.




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