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Furies (Morshead Translation)

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

Furies, translated by Morshead, is a powerful and evocative reimagining of Aeschylus' classic Greek tragedy. The translation captures the intensity and emotional depth of the original text, bringing to life the ancient story of the Furies seeking revenge for the murder of Clytemnestra.

The language is rich and poetic, drawing the reader into the world of gods and mortals with vivid imagery and compelling storytelling. The characters, particularly the Furies themselves, are complex and multi-dimensional, grappling with themes of justice, vengeance, and the power of the divine.

Morshead's translation stays true to the spirit of the original play while also making it accessible to modern readers. The drama unfolds with a sense of urgency and tension, keeping the reader engaged from start to finish.

Overall, Furies is a captivating and thought-provoking read that will appeal to lovers of classical literature and anyone interested in exploring timeless themes of justice and retribution.

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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 Eumenides (Εὐμενίδες, Eumenides; also known as The Kindly Ones) is the final play of the Oresteia, in which Orestes, Apollo, and the Erinyes go before Athena and eleven other judges chosen by her from the Athenian citizenry at the Areopagus (Rock of Ares, a flat rocky hill by the Athenian agora where the homicide court of Athens later held its sessions), to decide whether Orestes's killing of his mother, Clytemnestra, makes him guilty of the crime of murder.

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