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Oresteia

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ISBN-10: 0872203905

ISBN-13: 9780872203907

Edition: 1998

Authors: Aeschylus, Peter Meineck, Helene P. Foley

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Aeschylus, the earliest of the great Attic tragedians, presented his Oresteia at Athens' City Dionysia festival in 458 BCE. Born in the last quarter of the sixth century, Aeschylus had fought with the victorious Greeks in one and probably both of the Persian Wars (190 and 480-79). He died around 456 at about seventy years of age in Gela, Sicily. His epitaph records his role as a soldier at Marathon, not his artistic achievements, but these were many. The author of more than seventy plays, he won his first of thirteen tragic victories in 484. Of these plays, only seven remain. The Oresteia is Aeschylus' only complete surviving trilogy; the satyr play with which it was first performed,…    
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Book details

List price: $13.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/15/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" 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…    

Peter Meineck is Founder of Aquila Theatre and Associate Professor of Classics, New York University.

Introduction to Aeschylus' Oresteia
Translator's Preface
Diagram of the Stage
Cast of Characters, Agamemnon
Agamemnon
Cast of Characters, The Libation Bearers
The Libation Bearers
Cast of Characters, The Furies
The Furies
Selected Bibliography