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The Agamemnon of Aeschylus (Ορέστεια #1)

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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
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Published May 1st 2006 by Kessinger Publishing (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
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James
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
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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
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Saleh MoonWalker
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classic, fantasy
Onvan : Agamemnon (Oresteia, #1) - Nevisande : Aeschylus - ISBN : 521010756 - ISBN13 : 9780521010757 - Dar 144 Safhe - Saal e Chap : -458
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
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Γιώργος
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
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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
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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 ♡
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
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Francisco H. González
Lo interesante de ir leyendo las tragedias griegas de Esquilo, Sófocles y Eurípides es que en muchas de ellas, los personajes, en su mayoría héroes o heroínas –como Agamenon, Electra, Clitemnestra, Antígona, Casandra, Medea, Hécuba, Helena, etc, se repiten o se nombran indirectamente-, de tal manera que su lectura nos permite tener una visión panorámica que enriquece lo leído.

A pesar de que esta obra se titula Agamenón, y hace referencia al rey de Micenas, y hermano de Menelao, líder de las tro
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Tony
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
Sesana
Oct 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, mythology, play
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
Grace
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 😉
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
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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
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Matthew
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
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Manab
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play
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।
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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
Anh
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
Elliott
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.
Jenny
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.
Bettie☯
Jan 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: BBC Radio Listeners
Shelves: published-458bc
alex
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clytemnestra man
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
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Miles Smith
Venerable and poignant

Aeschylus epic poem is a a sort of Jeremiad that shows how reckless needless wars can be. The hubris of Agamemnon creates discord and strife to degrees he never imagined. His victory in Troy came at the price of his daughter’s life. The mysterious nature of the Trojan prophetess Cassandra illustrates the futility of even the greatest gifts in causes without virtue.
Sarah Beth
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite Greek tragedies! Very exciting to read again and discuss with my students. Beware the Curse of the House of Atreus!
Isabelle
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: u4
Good God
Eesha Sajid
its kind of a book one reserves for obligatory reading....
Clytemnestra rocks! funnily enough, the name sake of the drama has one scene only.... and as usual remains an insufferable brute in here as well just like its every single adaptation....
Majestic Terhune
"Oh what a brilliant day it is for vengeance!"
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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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“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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