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Aeschylus Eumenides

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ISBN-10: 0521284309

ISBN-13: 9780521284301

Edition: 1989

Authors: Aeschylus, Alan H. Sommerstein, P. E. Easterling, Philip Hardie, Richard Hunter

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Sommerstein presents a freshly constituted text, with introduction and commentary, of Eumenides, the climactic play of the only surviving complete Greek tragic trilogy, the Oresteia of Aeschylus. Of all Athenian tragic dramas, Eumenides is most consciously designed to be relevant to the situation of the Athenian state at the time of its performance (458 B.C.) and seems to have contained daring innovations both in technique and in ideas. The introduction and commentary to this edition seek to bring out how Aeschylus shaped to his purpose the legends he inherited, and ended the tragic story of Agamemnon's family in a celebration of Athenian civic unity and justice. The commentary also pays…    
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Book details

List price: $45.99
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/9/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Aeschylus was born at Eleusis of a noble family. He fought at the Battle of Marathon (490 b.c.), where a small Greek band heroically defeated the invading Persians. At the time of his death in Sicily, Athens was in its golden age. In all of his extant works, his intense love of Greece and Athens finds expression. Of the nearly 90 plays attributed to him, only 7 survive. These are The Persians (produced in 472 b.c.), Seven against Thebes (467 b.c.), The Oresteia (458 b.c.)---which includes Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, and Eumenides (or Furies) --- Suppliants (463 b.c.), and Prometheus Bound (c.460 b.c.). Six of the seven present mythological stories. The ornate language creates a mood of…    

Alan H. Sommerstein is Professor of Greek, University of Nottingham.

Author's (Mark Ahavel) Biography The author was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1963 in a Roman Catholic hospital during the middle of Vatican II (1962-'64). And his exact birthday coincides with the day that the prophet Muhammad completed is Hijrah (migration) to Medina, according to Muslim tradition, a significant event in the life of the Prophet for Muslims. In 1963, the Baha'i Faith celebrated their 100th anniversary and they established their International House of Justice on Mt. Carmel, Haifa, Israel. From the year and the date of the author's birth, one can certainly find ecumenical and interfaith significance, perhaps a portent of his destiny. The author was baptized as an infant in…    

Preface
References and abbreviations
Introduction
The legend
Erinyes, Eumenides and Semnai
The Areopagus and homicide
The life and work of Aeschylus
Justice and the gods
A play for its day
Production and staging
The text
Sigla
Eumenides
Commentary
lyric metres
Indexes