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The Oresteia by Aeschylus
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it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy, traditional-fiction, 2016-shelf

This is pretty fantastic. I'm surprised. I think I like this old Greek trilogy of plays better than all the others that I've read. That's including Oedipus. :P

The translation is pretty awesome, the tragedy is beautiful, and the underlying theme of justice and the balance of power between men and women is stark and heavy.

But isn't it about murder and eye-for-an-eye taken to extremes? Yeah, but it's still more than that.

It's mainly about honoring your children and honoring your parents. It's not as twisted as some of the other Greek plays, but it is pretty horrific. Agamemnon kills his daughter, his wife kills him. Her son kills her. But wait! Apollo sanctions his killing. Alas, the Furies do not. So now we have the older gods versus the new. Parents and children at each other's throats again.

Totally beautiful.

And here we all thought that Zeus only caused chaos, too! To think that he'd welcome the Furies into his court as honored equals.

(Personally, I think it was just a political move. I'm pretty sure that the Furies scared him shitless, too. :)

Great stuff!
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Reading Progress

December 15, 2016 – Shelved
December 15, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
December 16, 2016 – Started Reading
December 17, 2016 – Shelved as: fantasy
December 17, 2016 – Shelved as: traditional-fiction
December 17, 2016 – Finished Reading
December 31, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016-shelf

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message 1: by Juliette (new)

Juliette Is it the Fagles translation? I notice that Goodreads doesn't always list the correct translations for me.


Bradley I do believe. It reads as if it's a 17th century rhyming poetry. So I have to assume. :)


message 3: by Juliette (new)

Juliette Thanks!


message 4: by Trish (new) - added it

Trish To my great and utter shame I have to admit that I don't have this one. Better than Oedipus, you say?


Bradley It's much more symmetrical than Oedipus, I think. It doesn't feel as melodramatic even if it IS extremely melodramatic. I don't know. There's something cleaner about it.


message 6: by Trish (new) - added it

Trish Hmmm, I'll consider it.


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