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Agamemnon (Morshead Translation)

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By: (c. 525/524-456/455 BC)

Agamemnon, written by the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus, is a powerful and gripping tragedy that follows the story of King Agamemnon's return from the Trojan War and the tragic consequences that unfold. The play is filled with themes of betrayal, revenge, and the destructive power of fate.

Aeschylus's writing is incredibly poetic and rich in symbolism, making the story both timeless and universal. The character of Agamemnon is complex and flawed, making him a compelling protagonist to follow as he navigates the challenges of his return home.

The translation by Morshead captures the lyrical beauty of the original Greek text while making it accessible to modern readers. The language flows smoothly and retains the emotional intensity of the story, allowing the reader to fully immerse themselves in the drama.

Overall, Agamemnon is a classic tragedy that continues to resonate with audiences centuries after its creation. Aeschylus's exploration of human nature and the consequences of our actions is as relevant today as it was in ancient Greece, making this play a must-read for anyone interested in literature, drama, or the human experience.

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The Oresteia is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus concerning the end of the curse on the House of Atreus. The name derives from the character Orestes, who sets out to avenge his father's murder. The only extant example of an ancient Greek theater trilogy, the Oresteia won first prize at the Dionysia festival in 458 BC. When originally performed, it was accompanied by Proteus, a satyr play that would have followed the trilogy. Proteus has not survived, however. In all likelihood the term "Oresteia" originally referred to all four plays; today it generally designates only the surviving trilogy. Many consider the Oresteia to be Aeschylus' finest work. Principal themes of the trilogy include the contrast between revenge and justice, as well as the transition from personal vendetta to organized litigation....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, and partly because in the ten years of Agamemnon's absence Clytemnestra has entered into an adulterous relationship with Aegisthus, Agamemnon's cousin and the sole survivor of a dispossessed branch of the family (Agamemnon's father, Atreus, killed and fed Aegisthus's brothers to Aegisthus's father, Thyestes, when he took power from him), who is determined to regain the throne he believes should rightfully belong to him.


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