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By Simon Goldhill

Simon Goldhill specializes in the play's themes--justice, sexual politics, violence, and the position of guy in historical Greek culture--in this common advent to Aeschylus' Oresteia, probably the most vital and influential of all Greek dramas. After exploring how Aeschylus constructs a fantasy for town during which he lived, a last bankruptcy considers the impression of the Oresteia on extra modern theater. The volume's geared up constitution and consultant to extra analyzing will make it a useful reference for college kids and lecturers. First variation Hb (1992): 0-521-40293-X First variation Pb (1992): 0-521-40853-9

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This strange status of Athene must be remembered when she gives her reasons for voting for Orestes – reasons which are instrumental in his preservation and thus the trilogy’s conclusion (Eum. 735–41): I will cast this vote for Orestes. For no mother exists who bore me. I favour the male in all things, except in attaining marriage, With all my spirit. I am wholly of the father. Thus I will not privilege the fate of a woman Who has killed her husband, the overseer of the house. Athene’s reasons start from the fact that she has no mother.

Orestes escapes by the narrowest of margins, thanks to the intervention of Athene, who presides over the case. The Furies are persuaded out of their anger against Athens and, reconciled, take up abode there. This bare outline of the action scarcely represents the narrative. In the Agamemnon, the return of the king is prepared for in two major ways. First, by three extremely long and complex choral odes that explore the moral, historical and social background to the war with Troy. Secondly, by three scenes.

As the narrative has been structured around the polarized oppositions of the genders, so the narrative’s ending depends on a figure who does not fit easily into such an opposition. This may help us to see how her conflict with the Furies ends in resolution. For the first time in the trilogy we do not have the polarized opposition of male and female, each seeking for dominance. Rather, it is an opposition of this strange figure, Athene, and the female Furies, where Athene is aiming at reconciliation rather than at victory through destruction.

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