95th out of 248 books — 26 voters
Aeschylus: The Oresteia (A Student Guide: Landmarks of World Literature)
Simon Goldhill focuses on the play's themes--justice, sexual politics, violence, and the role of man in ancient Greek culture--in this general introduction to Aeschylus' Oresteia, one of the most important and influential of all Greek dramas. After exploring how Aeschylus constructs a myth for the city in which he lived, a final chapter considers the influence of the Orest...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 95 pages
Published December 23rd 2009 by Cambridge University Press
(first published January 1st 1380)
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Solid introduction to the Oresteia. Goldhill provides a (very) little social context, and a nice run down of the plays' important themes. I think he could have provided more information on the background stories; there's not much here about what happens in the Iliad, or about Thyestes' Feast, or any of that stuff. But I guess, since you're reading a Goodreads review, you can use wikipedia to find out that stuff.