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Libation Bearers – Aeschylus – Summary

By |2018-04-23T08:14:56+00:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Libation Bearers: Orestes This is the second of a cycle of three plays written by the Greek playwright Aeschylus. Some time has passed since the murder of Agamemnon. Agamemnon's children, Orestes and Electra, have grown up with their mother Clytemnestra and their stepfather Aegisthus. But they are very unhappy, because they know their [...]

Eumenides – Aeschylus – Summary

By |2018-04-23T08:13:25+00:00July 10th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Orestes kills Clytemnestra The Eumenides is the third of a cycle of three plays written by the Greek playwright Aeschylus. When Orestes kills his mother, Clytemnestra, the Furies (the Eumenides: you-MEN-ih-dees) attack him because he has done such a terrible thing. You might say he begins to go crazy with the horror of [...]

Agamemnon – a play by Aeschylus

By |2018-04-23T08:09:42+00:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History|

Athens, about 460 BC, by the Dokimasia Painter (from left to right, Clytemnestra, Aegisthus, Agamemnon, Electra, and Cassandra). Now in the MFA, Boston A play by Aeschylus The Agamemnon is the first of a cycle of three plays written by the Greek playwright Aeschylus. When the play begins, King Agamemnon is still away [...]

Who was Aeschylus? Athenian playwright

By |2018-04-23T07:40:50+00:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, Literature|

Aeschylus's plays were performed in the Theater of Dionysos here on the Acropolis below the Parthenon in Athens Biography of Aeschylus Aeschylus (ESS-kill-us) is the earliest playwright in any language whose plays survive today, though other Greek men did write plays a little earlier. Aeschylus lived in Athens in the late 500s and [...]