October 17- Aeschylus, The Furies

October 17- Aeschylus, The Furies - October 17, 2007...

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October 17, 2007 Aeschylus, The Furies Greek Tragedy in Performance Cultural/Physical context of Greek tragedy: Aeschylus, in Oresteia , is very much a writer who is using myth to contribute to a public/civic discussion about the nature of justice and about social/political relations more generally The first two plays of the trilogy set up a seemingly intractable problem: if justice is equivalent to blood revenge, can there be any final solution? In The Furies , the last play of the trilogy, Aeschylus provides a solution: what is it? In a nutshell: justice is no longer simply equivalent to blood revenge. The old principle of blood vengeance within the family is superceded by a new principle: the objective evaluation of the claims on both sides of a case within the jury system (see esp. 397-489) The resolution takes place on both the divine level and the level of human society The Furies : The Divine Level Over the course of the trilogy, the gods gradually but steadily move closer to the human
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