Within the Oresteia Aeschylus addressed the bloody chain of homicide and revenge in the royal relations of Argos. As they flow from darkness to mild, from rage to self-governance, from primitive ritual to civilized establishment, their spirit of fight and regeneration turns into a permanent music of occasion. In Agamemnon, a king's selection to sacrifice his daughter and switch the tide of conflict inflicts lasting harm on his kinfolk, culminating in a bad act of retribution; The Libation Bearers bargains with the aftermath of Clytemnestra's regicide, as her son Orestes units out to avenge his father's loss of life; and in The Eumenides, Orestes is plagued by supernatural powers that could by no means be appeased. Forming a chic and refined discourse at the emergence of Athenian democracy out of a interval of chaos and destruction, The Oresteia is a compelling tragedy of the tensions among our tasks to our households and the legislation that bind us jointly as a society.
The purely trilogy in Greek drama that survives from antiquity, Aeschylus' The Oresteia is translated through Robert Fagles with an advent, notes and thesaurus written in collaboration with W.B. Stanford in Penguin Classics.
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