By Robert J. Milch
Some of the most profitable playwrights of old Greece, Aeschylus wrote approximately ninety performs, yet this day simply 7 continue to exist. Credited with introducing a moment actor onstage, his performs retell the battles, victories, and social ramifications of lifestyles within the golden days of Athens. those performs are 2,500 years previous and nonetheless played, for they converse on to the human psyche.
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Extra resources for Agamemnon, The Choephori, The Eumenides (Cliffs Notes)
It gives more attention to personality than the dramatists intended and ignores the broader philosophical implications of the typical plot's denouement. It is true that the hero frequently takes a step that initiates the events of the tragedy and, owing to his own ignorance or poor judgment, acts in such a way as to bring about his own downfall. In a more sophisticated philosophical sense though, the hero's fate, despite its immediate cause in his finite act, comes about because of the nature of the cosmic moral order and the role played by chance or destiny in human affairs.
ESSAY TOPICS AND REVIEW QUESTIONS 1. Give a brief account of the legendary background of The Oresteia. Mention some tragedies based on elements of this legend by Greek dramatists other than Aeschylus. 2. Who speaks the prologue to Agamemnon? What is the purpose of this speech? 3. How is Agamemnon ultimately responsible for his own downfall? What sins is he guilty of committing? 4. How are Aeschylus' religious doctrines that wisdom is learned through suffering and that retribution comes to all sinners illustrated in Agamemnon?
This is because the Furies, despite their primitive nature, protect sacred bonds of kinship and blood that cannot be ignored. Although he is a god, Apollo cannot negate their position because it is an essential constituent of an ordered society. His arguments for Orestes have been made weak to emphasize that neither side in this dispute is entirely right. In his first speech, Apollo tries to influence the jurors by an appeal to authority rather than to reason. By including oracles pertaining to cities in his claim always to have expressed the will of Zeus, Apollo puts his political and moral oracles on a par.