The Agamemnon of Aeschylus
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The play Agamemnon (Ἀγαμέμνων, Agamemnōn) details the homecoming of Agamemnon, King of Argos, from the Trojan War. Waiting at home for him is his wife, Clytemnestra, who has been planning his murder, partly as revenge for the sacrifice of their daughter, Iphigenia, & partly because in the ten years of Agamemnon's absence she's entered into an adulterous relationship wi...more
Paperback, 164 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Kessinger Publishing (first published -458)
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Sesana
I kind of feel like a bad person because I've never the Oresteia before. I'm fixing that now, but I think it'll take awhile for me to get through these. It isn't the story. The story of Orestes is wonderfully exciting, full of violence and intense emotion. But ancient Greek drama was different than what I'm used to, and I don't think I like the format. Sure, there are some truly great lines ("Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.") and it is a fairly quick play. I'm glad I read it,...more
Tony
Aeschylus. AGAMEMNON. (458B.C.). ***. I remember having to read this play – along with the other two in the trilogy, “The Libation Bearers,” and “The Eumenides” – as a freshman at college. I thought at the time (and still think so) that the play needed some lightening up; maybe some chorus girls in tights bursting in at some point. Of course there is already the chorus, but they don’t seem like the dancing type. The play starts after the end of the Trojan War, and all the men – at least those no...more
Garrett Cash
This play was really quite a shock. I came to it after having read Sophocles' Theban plays, expecting more or less the same sort of style. What I discovered was that while there were particular similarities, Aeschylus and Sophocles have very different takes on the way that plays should be written.

The most noticeable difference is the role of the Chorus. From having read Sophocles, my take on the Chorus was that it really had three options. They could either talk as a collective group or city li...more
Elizabeth
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Jason
I've now read Agamemnon, an ancient Greek text (well, the text I read was translated into English but you get the idea), for a class at UBC.

It's not got the same creepy quality as some texts we've covered (like, say, Oedipus the King), but it's heavy stuff.

Agamemnon, on his way to the Trojan War, sacrifices his daughter Iphigenaeia while asea to appease the gods and receive favourable winds for his ships. Ten years and horrible losses later, he returns home to a hate-filled marriage -- in fact,...more
Brian Schiebout
Agamemnon was a Greek tragedy written by Aeschylus. This story deals with the tale of the Greek general Agamemnon's return from Troy. The Trojan War had ended in a Greek victory after ten years so the leader had much to celebrate. However things at home were not as serene as he might have hoped. Some of the problems were his own fault as his wife Clytemnestra disapproved of his use of their daughter for a human sacrifice. For unlike most proper Greek brides Clytemnestra had a controlling will of...more
Allison
This edition is readable (not always true of translations) and is interesting from a historical perspective as it appears the translator spent some time thinking about the sack of Troy in relation to WWI. This is reflected in several of the notes. I don't agree with all of his added stage directions but they are helpful in keeping track of what's happening, as are the comments in the choral odes. Helpful endnotes as well. (Project Gutenburg edition)
Elliott
Best Greek play I have read so far. Excellent use of the Greek chorus (better than I've seen in any other Greek play). The symbolism is precise and well written/used.

I think this book should be taught for Women's Literature classes because of the interesting roles of Cassandra and Clytaemestra. Each in their own are complex characters that steal the play.

Definitely a must read of Greek literature.
Wael Mahmoud
I read Robert Fagles' translation.

I didn't like it at all, Aeschylus is very boring, Long dialogues especially the chorus parts, In this work you feel that how ancient is the Greek plays, Sophocles' plays on the other hand more interesting - which i recommend to anyone wants to read Greek plays.
Leslie
I found Lattimore's translation difficult to read and ended up supplementing it with the YouTube video of the (British) National Theater production of Tony Harrison's translation, which I found easier to understand. Even that was difficult in places but perhaps because I was busy trying to match up the video with the text...

So for this particular edition I give 3 stars - for the play itself, I give 4 stars. This is the epitome of what I think of when I hear the term "Greek tragedy" - the inescap...more
Justin Tapp
The Agamemnon of Aeschylus was a play written by Aeschylus in 458 B.C. as part of a series (the Oresteia) that won him first prize in the archonship of Philocles. This version was translated into English rhyming verse by Gilbert Murray who also adds helpful footnotes.

Given that the original is in Greek, and this version has not only been translated into English but then made to rhyme in English, makes one wonder how true to the original spirit it remains. For example:
"Paris to Argos came;
Love of...more
Julia
The entire The Oresteia: Agamemnon / The Libation Bearers / The Eumenides is excellent, but for me Agamemnon is the best of the work of Aeschylus. Of the three great Greek dramatists--Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Eurípedes--Aeschylus it the warrior, with Sophocles as the philosopher, and Euripedes as the existentialist.

The story of Clytemnestra's revenge on her husband for the sacrifice of Iphigenia is well-known, but reading this play brings all the that vengeance into a blaze of fury. Euripedes'...more
Ramona Tudor
[this post is spoiled]
Here I find myself again, realizing how different is Aeschylus' style from Sophocles'. I have already underlined my inclination towards Sophocles (in my review of Aeschylus' "Prometheus bound"), so I shall not mention that again. In fact, Aeschylus tends to be, in a certain manner, more poetic than Sophocles because of his tendency to use the chorus to cry more about what is happening (therefore, probably trying to make the tragedy... more dramatic). It is much more lamenti...more
David Sarkies
Jan 22, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Theatre Lovers, Historians
Recommended to David by: David Hester
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The Homecoming of Agamemnon
02 July 2012

This is the first part of the only Greek trilogy that we have. The play is set after the Trojan War in the city of Argos, of which Agamemnon is the ruler. Agamemnon's wife learns of the defeat of the Trojans and the imminent return of her husband through the use of a series of beacons. However while she is eagerly awaiting her husband's return, it is a different scenario from Odysseus' wife Penelope, who remained faithful to her husband for the twenty year...more
Scot Quaranda
This is part one of a three part series. It is classic Greek literature at its finest. It contains all of the elements you would expect fate, murder, intrigue, drama and suspense. This particular installment comes at the end of the Trojan War as Agamemnon is returning home. What lies in wait is seemingly beyond his ability to comprehend, especially after being away at war for ten years. Old injustices must be paid for and though not all were at Agamemnon's hands, he represents the blood line and...more
Syahira Sharif


Agamemnon is one of the Oresteian trilogy that followed the story of Agamemnon's homecoming from the Trojan Wars and the subsequent tragedy that lead from his unfaithful wife, Clytemnestra. This play of Agamemnon concentrates on Clytemnestra, the comparison with Odysseus's wife, Penelope and the details of Agamemnon that lead to his foretold demise.

Since I only read the first part of the series, I do say this book is my least favorite Greek mythology due to the obvious regression of Clytemnestra...more
Mikael
Let’s call this a sequel to The Iliad, because it is, dealing with the occurrences preceding and following King Agamemnon’s return home to Argos after the sacking of Troy. Since the play is labeled as a tragedy, it’s hardly a spoiler when I reveal that he does not get to enjoy his victory for very long. It’s of course a rather populist choice of subject matter on Aeschylus’ part, considering the familiarity of these characters and events to the audiences of the time.

Agamemnon is a fairly typical...more
Maan Kawas
A wonderful play, with a beautiful poetic language! It is a play about curse and revenge. First, Clytemnestra seeks revenges for her daughter Iphigenia, whose husband Agamemnon sacrificed her in order to satisfy the Goddess Artemis and obtain her assistance to the fleet. Also it tells about the fall of Troy as result of the ten-year war took place because of Paris, who abducted Helen, the wife of the Greek king Menelaus the brother of Agamemnon. Finally it is about the revenge of Aegisthus, Agam...more
Rob
Too old to rate, but I have to say that this is markedly more accessible than Homer's work, which was my only previous experience to ancient Greek literature. Maybe it's just the translation, but there's a lot more poetry and a lot more concern with human problems instead of godly ones. Make no mistake, the gods are a heavy presence and are as capricious as ever, but unlike in Homer the focus is on the complex ways the humans deal with them.

This play essentially takes place in the margins of gre...more
علی
تمامی قصه، به بازگشت آگاممنون از جنگ تروا، از نگاه همسرش کلی تمنسترا و مردم سرزمینش، آرگوس مربوط می شود. از آنجا که شاه آگاممنون تعهد کرده دخترشان ایفی ژنیا را در پیشگاه خدایان که طوفان را علیه سپاه یونان متوقف کرده اند، قربانی کند، همسرش کلی تمنسترا طی ماجراهایی شوهر را به قتل می رساند. تراژدی با بازگشت اورستس، فرزند آگاممنون و کلی تمنسترا، به آرگوس، برای گرفتن انتقام مرگ پدر، پایان می یابد

آشیل یا آخیلوس (متولد 525 قبل از میلاد) اولین از سه تراژدی نویس مشهور یونان (آشیل، اوری پید، سوفوکلس) بوده...more
Emily Duncan
Το κόσμημα του Αισχύλου.
Το πρώτο μέρος της μοναδικής σωζόμενης τριλογίας της αρχαίας ελληνικής λογοτεχνίας και ίσως το καλύτερο.
Πρόκειται για ένα έργο σκοτεινό, με γρήγορη εξέλιξη, με το άρωμα του θανάτου να πλανάται στην ατμόσφαιρα από τις πρώτες κιόλας λέξεις του φύλακα.
Ο Αγαμέμνων, η Κλυταιμνήστρα, ο εραστής Αίγισθος και η Κασσάνδρα λάφυρο του νικητή κυριαρχούν στη σκηνή και ζωντανεύουν μέσα από τις παραστατικές εικόνες του Αισχύλου.
Η πορεία του θριαμβευτή στρατηγού προς τον θάνατο μοιάζει α...more
J. Alfred
"But when the sun comes up to light the skies
I see the Aegean heaving into a great bloom
of corpses..."
Thus do the conquerors of Troy meet ignominious ends. Except, of course, those who escape, like the great warlord Agamemnon, that is... wait, is his wife still angry that he sacrificed their daughter in order to get to Troy in the first place? Shoot.
Ironic! Depressing!
For more depression, read Jeffers's poem "Cassandra," who is the best part of this play.
You and I, Jeffers.
Marco Jean-Bob

Noioso, poco grintoso. La forza d'animo di Clitemnestra di cui ci ha parlato l'insegnante nel commento in classe alla tragedia è pressochè inesistente; la regina argiva risulta invece pacata se non sbiadita. E la vicenda un pò confusa, tanto che ho fatto fatica a comprendere quel poco che ho compreso, nonostante la spiegazione dell'insegnante.
Laura
From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:
The Oresteia: Agamemnon
By Aeschylus.
A new version by Simon Scardifield.

The first of the three plays in Aeschylus' classic trilogy about murder, revenge and justice. Agamemnon returns home to Argos after his victory at Troy. But his wife, Clytemnestra, has determined to take terrible revenge for his sacrifice of their eldest daughter Iphigenia.

BBC Concert Orchestra Percussionists . . . . . Alasdair Malloy, Stephen Webberley and Stephen Whibley.


Staci
This is the first play in a trilogy. That is important to know because the play ends really abruptly; it's easy to expect another scene or act at the end of the play because it feels so unfinished. This is a Greek tragedy so the language style might be really unfamiliar and unaccessible to most modern readers. It's hard to know who is being spoken about at any moment; the simplest confusions involve royalty talking about themselves in the plural ("we" when they mean "I") and choruses talking abo...more
Eddie
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Michael
Takes time to get into metered voice, but you realize that it is the drum beat of that verse that makes Greek tragedy the darkest voice of the human condition.You understand why all tragedy stems from this first play I the Oresteia.

Also great to see the consequences of the Iliad, how several years later the legends are woven with a new sophistication.
Diocletian
As much as I wanted to love this book, it was only "meh". Don't get me wrong, it is a masterpiece, but it is a historical masterpiece, not a current one. This book has two main things going against it. One, it is not really even a book. It is a play, so reading this is similar to reading a script, which is not very interesting for most people. Secondly, it is a translation, and not just a translation from a current language (which would be difficult enough) but from a language spoken approximat...more
Angelo Giardini
A Oresteia é a minha terceira experiência no mundo dos audiobooks. Interpretada pelas vozes de vários atores, Agamemnon é soberba e a passagem de Cassandra do silêncio às palavras desconexas e destas a seus lamentos é assustadora.
Gianluca
2 stars to the book, not the play. I'm sure seeing the play would be much better, amazing even, but I read a book and as such it didn't either entertain, scare, made me reflect nor feel anything in particular. It bored me at times, instead. Thus the bad rating.
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