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Agememnon is the first part of the Aeschylus's Orestian trilogy in which the leader of the Greek army returns from the Trojan war to be murdered by his treacherous wife Clytemnestra. In Sophocles' Oedipus Rex the king sets out to uncover the cause of the plague that has struck his city, only to disover the devastating truth about his relationship with his mother and his fa ...more
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Published August 26th 2004 by Penguin Classics (first published January 1st 1988)
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I heart Greek Tragedy.
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آشیل یا آخیلوس (متولد 525 قبل از میلاد) اولین از سه تراژدی نویس مشهور یونان (آشیل، اوری پید، سوفوکلس) بوده که به پدر ترازدی هم مشهور است. ارسطو می نویسد که او شمار شخصیت های تراژدی را از یک نفر به دو نفر افزایش داد. تنها هفت تراژدی از حدود نود اثر او بر جای مانده، که در مورد یکی از آنها، "پرومته در زنجیر"، تردید وجود دارد. آشیل اهل آتن بوده و گویا در جنگ "سالامیس" (بین پارس و یونان) شرکت داشته و حدود 450 سال پیش از میلاد فوت کرده است. گفته می شود که بر سنگ قبرش نوشته اند؛ "آخیلوس اهل آتن، زیر ای ...more
H.J.
Sep 22, 2013 H.J. rated it really liked it
Technically I didn't read all of it; Aristophanes and Aristotle will have to wait for some other time. But for my purposes, I finished it. It was very educational. I find I like Greek Tragedy. The stories are so obvious that there's hardly any suspense to them, of course - even if I hadn't known the stories beforehand I wouldn't have been surprised. But even so they manage to strike me - it isn't surprise which drives a story, after all. And I like the language. It's very poetic, and grand, to b ...more
Brian
Oct 11, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it
Aeschylus' Agamemnon had moments, but I had to work in a way that I don't have to form Homer. I've read this play thrice and still don't enjoy it; I'll wait until I meet someone who loves it and Nietzsche doesn't count.

Sophocles had a sense of irony; I might revisit it... someday...

Euripides had stuff, but the whole situation was too grim and miserable for me to get into it too much.

Aristotle's poetics is helpful to include.

The Frogs: I too laughed out loud. Much obscurity, but some of it was ve
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A. White
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These are a must read if one is to understand the ways of Western Civilization.
Svenja
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Shelves: english
This is a very nice book to get a quick look at greek tragedy. The introduction of the book as a whole and of each chapter are very helpful to understand the context of the plays and the action in them. My only regret is that it is read so quickly, with only three tragedies, one comedy and a treaty, all of which are rather short. I would have liked to know more of the stories of the famous greek tragedy. And in my opinion, Aristotle's "Poetics" is out of place. Even though it creates a whole, ma ...more
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Shelves: classic, mythology
This book got me into greek tragedies. These are the classic cautionary tales full of drama, betrayal, murder, greed and envy. All the makings for amazing story telling. Medea is still my favorite greek tragedy of all time. Highly Recommend ---- BUT be sure to be in a good mood when you read them. Although they are amazing, they can easily depress a reader. Be warned. :-)
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A good overview of Greek tragedy, specifically from a historical and literary point of view....
David Gan
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Three stupendous, powerful masterpieces of ancient Greek literature in one volume.
Christopher
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Powerful Stuff, and the one comedy made me laugh out loud repeatedly.
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17-22: Agamemnon
22. : Oedipus Rex
Melina Martin
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not the most elegant translation
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Only read the first three stories
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Aeschylus (525 BC – 456 BC) [Ésquilo in Portuguese, Esquilo in Spanish] was an ancient Greek playwright. He is often recognized as the father or the founder of tragedy, and is the earliest of the three Greek tragedians whose plays survive extant, the others being Sophocles and Euripides. According to Aristotle, he expanded the number of characters in plays to allow for conflict among them; previou ...more
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