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The Eumenides Study Guide Discussion Questions 1. According to Pythia, the priestess of Apollo, what is the history and role of the god? What is his relationship with Zeus? 2. Why is Apollo struggling against the Furies? What is at stake? If he has obliged Orestes to continue a cycle of violence, as he admits in line 87, how does he differ from the Furies? 3. Is there any validity to the complaints the Furies hurl at Apollo? What do they say about their broader conflict with the new Olympian gods? How does Apollo answer them? 4. The Furies believe that blood is a more important tie than marriage because blood is of the body and marriage is of the law. Therefore it is a greater wrong to kill one’s mother than to kill one’s spouse. How does Apollo answer them? Is his answer persuasive? 5. Why does Orestes supplicate Athena? Why will she preside over his trial? 6. In line 235, Orestes says that his hands are clean. Is he right? How can he say this before his trial? 7. In line 274, Orestes says that he has suffered into truth. What has he learned?
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