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Aeschylus I by Aeschylus
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Feb 26, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: classic, drama
Read in February, 2010

Three Greek tragedies make up the Oresteia: Agamemnon, the Libation Bearers, and the Eumenides. Together they tell the story of Agamemnon’s son, Orestes. In the first play, Agamemnon’s wife, Clytaemestra, kills him to revenge the death of her daughter, whom Agamemnon sacrificed to gain favorable winds for sailing to Troy. In the second play, Orestes kills Clytaemestra, his mother, for killing his father and stealing his throne. In the third play Orestes is hunted by the Furies - they seek the death of anyone who kills a parent. He flees to Apollo and Athene for help. Although the story moves slowly, it is fairly short and a good introduction to Greek tragedies. The murders and background information make it a PG-13.

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