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The Oresteia of Aeschylus

Lowell, Robert

ISBN 10: 0374227233 / ISBN 13: 9780374227234
Published by New York: Farrar straus Giroux. 1978, 1978
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Black Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. First Printing. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Foxing to paper edges. Dj is price clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 4918

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Title: The Oresteia of Aeschylus

Publisher: New York: Farrar straus Giroux. 1978

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Black Cloth

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Printing

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The Oresteia is a trilogy by Aeschylus, one of the foremost playwrights of ancient Greece. It encompasses three plays: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Furies. It tells the tragic tale of the House of Atreus, whose inhabitants have been cursed and are doomed to play out their bloody, vengeful destinies. At the beginning of the first part, the Trojan War has ended and the Greek general, Agamemnon, is returning victorious to his wife Clytemnestra. Yet she finds it difficult to forgive his sacrifice of their daughter, Iphigenia, who was killed to ensure the Greek fleet fair winds in their voyage to Troy. Her desire for vengeance, and its dire consequences, instigates the action of these poetic tragedies.

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Aeschylus was Greece's leading playwright between his first victory at the festival Dionysus in 0484 B.C.E. until his death, winning thirteen first-place crowns in that period. His epitaph boasts only that he fought bravely for Athens at the Battle of Marathin.

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