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Unformatted text preview: -1 As many plays today, Greek tragedies also comment on the social milieu of the time. In Aeschylus Agamemnon and Euripedes Medea, different Greek ways of life are portrayed in the plays in many examples. Aeschylus Oresteia demonstrates many aspects of ancient life in Athens. This is done first, in Aeschylus Agamemnon , where Agamemnon is forced to sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia. Nowadays, we would look at this as a terrible thing. How could someone kill their own child? Yet, the reason he did this was for his love of the gods. The consequences of not sacrificing her would have been much more severe, and would have angered the gods. Back then in Greece, the gods were very important and to be obeyed no matter what the cost. There are more ways that Agamemnon portrays Greek culture as well. Before any sort of government was set up, the type of justice they lived by was known as Vendetta justice. This sort of justice can basically be summed up as eye for an eye. If one would...
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2008 for the course CAMS 045 taught by Professor Polk,bryanedward during the Fall '07 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.
- Fall '07
- Agamemnon, Agamemnon, Chorus, Zeus