The Oresteia

The Oresteia

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By (author) Aeschylus, Translated by Hugh Lloyd-Jones

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 19mm | 54g
  • Publication date: 24 June 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520282108
  • ISBN 13: 9780520282100
  • Sales rank: 1,295,284

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The most famous series of ancient Greek plays, and the only surviving trilogy, is the Oresteia of Aeschylus, consisting of Agamemnon, Choephoroe, and Eumenides. These three plays recount the murder of Agamemnon by his queen Clytemnestra on his return from Troy with the captive Trojan princess Cassandra; the murder in turn of Clytemnestra by their son Orestes; and Orestes' subsequent pursuit by the Avenging Furies (Eumenides) and eventual absolution. Hugh Lloyd-Jones's informative notes elucidate the text, and introductions to each play set the trilogy against the background of Greek religion as a whole and Greek tragedy in particular, providing a balanced assessment of Aeschylus's dramatic art. This superior translation should be read by every student of Greek civilization, classical literature, and drama.

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Hugh Lloyd-Jones was Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Oxford and author of, among many titles, The Justice of Zeus (1983).