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“Agamenón” fue representada por primera vez en el año 458 a.C. Esquilo narra en ella la vuelta a casa de Agamenón, rey de Micenas, quien al llegar solo encontrará un trágico final auspiciado por su propia esposa. Durante su ausencia de éste su esposa Clitemnestra ha establecido una relación adúltera con Egisto, primo de Agamenón y descendiente de una rama desheredada de la

Kindle Edition, Clásicos Grecolatinos, 102 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by Editorial Minimal (first published -458)
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Bookdragon Sean
These Ancient Greeks never learn do they?

What do you honestly think would happen if you sacrificed your own daughter to the Gods? Yes you may appease their wrath for the war crimes you committed in Troy; yes, you may insure a safe return across the sea for your men; yes, you may have bought yourself some temporary time. But at what cost?

The Gods are abated but you’ve unleashed anger just as frightening, that of your wife. You just can’t go round killing your family and expect to get away with i
Book Review
3 out of 5 stars to Agamemnon, the first of the Orestia plays written in 458 BC by Aeschylus. Peter Arnott, a noted scholar and critic, has stated that, “The Agamemnon is a bitter indictment of war, of the folly of bloodshed, of the hardships of fighting, of the misery at home.” I couldn't agree more...

The Trojan War began when Paris and the married Helen ran back to Troy because Helen belonged to Menelaus. For over ten years Menelaus, Agamemnon, and their troops fought the Troj
Riku Sayuj

The First Strike

Each of the plays that make up The Oresteia tetralogy are supposed to be stand alone pieces as well as perfect complements to each other. All the themes that The Oresteia is to explore later are planted and ready for internal development at the end of Agamemnon. Aeschylus works magic with the triadic structure of the plays and of greek rituals (the fourth was probably a conventional satyr play and is lost to us) by going for a feeling of tit-for-tat of conventional revenge storie
David Sarkies
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Theatre Lovers, Historians
Recommended to David by: David Hester
Shelves: tragedy
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
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Συγκλονιστική η ευχαρίστηση που πήρε η Κλυταιμνήστρα μόλις σκότωσε τον Αγαμέμνονα!
Πολύ δυνατό έργο. Το διάβασα χωρίς διακοπή και πραγματικά ο λόγος του Αισχύλου είναι μεγαλειώδης και συνεπαίρνει τους θεατές και τους αναγνώστες. Ακολουθούν οι Χοηφόροι.

ΚΛΥΤΑΙΜΝΗΣΤΡΑ: Έτσι πεσμένος καταγής ξερνά την ψυχή του
και ξεφυσώντας με ορμή το αίμα απ' την πληγή
με καταβρέχει με μελανές ψιχάλες φονικής δροσιάς,
και πήρα χαρά όχι λιγότερη απ' όση δίνει στο σιτάρι
η θεόσταλτη βροχή όταν αρχίζει να δένει.
[1388-1392] (μτφρ. Δημήτρης Δημητριάδης).
Sharon Barrow Wilfong
I have not read a lot of Greek plays so it took me awhile to understand what was happening. I should have read the introduction first, which would have made events clearer.

However, I'm also glad I didn't because it allowed me to arrive at my own conclusions.

For those of you who don't know, Agamemnon was Commander-in-Chief of the Greeks who fought at Troy. He sacrifices his daughter to appease Artemis. This play is one of vengeance and also intrigue.

Agamemnon comes home with Cassandra, his prize
Momina Masood
It's interesting how the Chorus used to enjoy a more elaborate function in Aeschylus than in the later Sophocles. Not really a passive, detached "omniscient narrator" here; the Chorus takes on the characters head on, getting involved in the action of the play. Which was slightly hilarious during the row with Aegisthus but never mind. :P

I began with George C. W. Warr's translation: Astoundingly thorough, amazing illustrations, meticulously explained notes, but too challenging for the beginner. T
Taghreed Jamal el deen
على هذه الأرض ما يستحق الحياة .. كتابات أسخيليوس ...
شكرا محمود درويش :)
دايما كان رأيي أنو الترجمة بتشوّه الشعر ، بهاد الكتاب الترجمة كانت مذهلة لدرجة فيني اعتبرا عمل متفرّد مو مجرّد ترجمة (ترجمة لويس عوض ) ..
هي تجربتي الأولى مع التراجيديا اليونانية وصرت متحمسة كررا ♡
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Man must suffer to be wise"
Mel Bossa
In this play, Eschyle is grandiose. It's a longer play, but it had my full attention. Clytemnestre, Agamemnon's wife has been waiting ten years to avenge her daughter's sacrifice at the hands of her husband who'd believed an oracle saying that the winds would only pick up and bring his men to Troy is he shed the blood of his young daughter. The brilliance of the play lies in the way Eschyle slowly reveals Agamennon's fate.
At first it seems that Clytemnestre is thrilled hear the tales of victory
Grace the Book Queen
This first play of this trilogy opens up with what happened to Agamemnon when he returned home from Troy. Read this to have a bloody good time 😉
Jan 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
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
Oct 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play, classics, mythology
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
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned
4.5 stars. I have been saving the best of Aeschylus for last with the Oresteia, and I wasn’t disappointed. Unlike his other surviving works, Agamemnon has a better balance of dramatic tension and long expository speeches, with an especially effective chorus. Indeed, when they are threatened at the end by Aegisthus, we all feel a sense of injustice from this blood-thirsty tyrant. There is a sense of foreboding as Aegisthus and Clytemnestra wade into the “waves of purple” (both symbolically as the ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cryptic, school, greek
"You try me out as if I were a woman and vain;
but my heart is not fluttered as I speak before you."

I was impressed by encountering such a proud and strong image of women in a Greek trragedy. The main two characters are nothing like the stereotype of women today or through history, Clytemnestra and Cassandra are extremely the oppsite extremes of the female possible personalities.
The first is the wife of Agamemnon and queen of Mycenae, she is the powerful precursor of today's femme fetale. She i
Ramona Boldizsar
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
[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
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
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How far do the classical legends of the past speak to the audience of today? Do they provide universal themes that can be understood in our own age, or is their style and content firmly rooted in their ancient roots, leaving them with nothing to say to us anymore?

The argument for the latter position is stronger than might be first supposed. Outside of scholars of the period, few people read Aeschylus, and few return to read his works again and again.

The style of the plays is not one that is eas
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play, poetry
আমি এই সংসকরণ না আসলে, এই অনুবাদের পরথম ভাগ পড়ছি। মানে ভেলাকট সাহেবের অনুবাদ।
পেঙগুইনের গোটা বইটা কিনছিলাম, কই হারাইছি জানি না। কোথাও পাইলাম না খুঁজে। বয়স হয়ে যাচছে, খেই থাকে না কোনো কিছুর। আগামেমনন ঐখান থেকে ফটোকপি করেই বোধহয় আলাদা বাইনডিং, ফলে অনলাইনে অসতিতব নাই এমন একখান সংসকরণ, ঘরে পড়ে ছিলো।

আমি ভাবলাম ভালো লাগবে না। দিবযি লাগলো শেষমেষ। আমি ভাবলাম আর কী, এই কাহিনী ত জানা-ই, কীই আর করবে। পরথমত, কবিতা হিসেবে ভালো লাগছে। এতটাই, যে বাসে বসে জোরে জোরে পড়বার দরুণ সহযাতরীদের চকষুশূল-করণকরকট হতে হইছে।
Maan Kawas
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Agamemnon, vở kịch đầu tiên trong bộ ba Oresteia của nhà bi kịch Hy Lạp Aeschylus, kể về những gì xảy ra với vua Agamemnon sau khi ông trở về nhà từ cuộc chiến mười năm thành Troy. Câu chuyện về Agamemnon có thể coi là hoàn toàn trái ngược với câu chuyện của Odysseus. Nếu như Odysseus trải qua bao khó khăn, mất thêm mười năm lưu lạc lênh đênh thì Agamemnon trở về nhà thuận buồm xuôi gió. Nếu như chờ Odysseus ở nhà là một Penelope thủy chung tài trí, chỉ cần chàng dẹp được bè lũ tán tỉnh trơ tráo ...more
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
[...] Γιατί όσο στέκει ο Δίας
στο θρόνο του, κι αυτό θα στέκει:
έπραξες, θα το λάβεις· είναι νόμος.

2,5* σε ένα έργο που βρήκα κουραστικό, με τεράστια χορικά και λίγα μέρη που μου κράτησαν το ενδιαφέρον.

Το πρώτο μέρος της τριλογίας της Ορέστειας δεν με ενθουσίασε, σίγουρα όμως θα την ολοκληρώσω.
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clytemnestra man
Julieta Ninno
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Este libro tuve que leerlo para una clase de literatura, y no le tenía expectativas. En realidad, no sabía qué debería esperarme realmente de esto. Ahora que lo he leído, no le doy 5 estrellas solamente por lo mucho que me ha gustado, sino también por lo increíble que me ha parecido el proceso de ir leyendo esto.

A simple vista, no entendía mucho. Siendo un texto antiguo y con una historia con antecedentes, leí esto de una manera un tanto extraña, aunque de lo más educativa jajaj. Primero leí un
آية  بنة
المسرحية عجبتنى جداً، وخاصة ان Aeschylus فى كتابته للتراجيدى مختلف عن يوريبيديس ومسرحياته، وعارف ان فى حاجه اسمها Justice.
تعدد الآلهه أكتر حاجه بفوتها ف المسرحيه لانه كلام بيستفذنى.
المسرحية عبارة عن سلسلة من الانتقامات، وكل قاتل يُقتل(وده مبدأ الكلاسيكس عموماً)، العدالة من حق الاله فقط انه يحققها ومحدش له حق يقتل، حاجه بالعربى كده"كما تدين تدان".
شخصية Agamemnon ساذجه ومتهوره، بيدعى الذكاء والتواضع وده مجرد ادعاء، هو قوى صحيح بس غروره وتكبره هيمحى كل ده.
شخصية Clytemnestra متلاعبة جداً وغامضة وال
Emjen Enla
I read this play for a drama and theater history class I'm taking. It's a very quick read that's well written but also extremely violent (even though no one dies onstage in Ancient Greek drama). I had to keep reminding myself that this was not a direct sequel to the Iliad because there are a lot of the same characters. I wasn't a fan of ending because it took away Clytemnestra's agency and made her just another woman who's been manipulated by a man.
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Aeschylus (525 BC – 456 BC)
Greek Αισχύλος , Ésquilo in Portuguese; Esquilo in Spanish; Eschyle en français.

Aeschylus, an ancient Greek playwright, is often recognized as the father or the founder of tragedy. He 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

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  • Eumenides (Ορέστεια, #3)
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“Wisdom comes through suffering.
Trouble, with its memories of pain,
Drips in our hearts as we try to sleep,
So men against their will
Learn to practice moderation.
Favours come to us from gods.”
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