Agamemnon, First Reading

Agamemnon, First Reading - Aeschylus Agamemnon 458 BC...

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Aeschylus Agamemnon 458 BC This translation, which has been prepared by Ian Johnston of Mlaspina University- College, Nanaimo, BC, Canada, is in the public domain and may be used by anyone, in  whole or in part, for any purpose, without permission and without charge, provided the  source is acknowledged. Last revised October 1 2002, minor editorial corrections made  on May 21, 2005. This text is available in the form of a Publisher file for those who would like to print it off  as a small book.  There is no charge for these files.  For details, please use the following  link:  Publisher files . Dramatis Personae Agamemnon  - The King of Argos, the husband of Clytemnestra, and the commander of the Greek armies during the  siege of Troy. Agamemnon is the older brother of Menelaus, whose wife Helen was stolen by a Trojan prince, thus  igniting a decade-long war. A great warrior, he sacrificed his daughter Iphigenia in order to obtain a favorable wind to  carry the Greek fleet to Troy. During the ten-year conflict, his Queen has plotted his death in order to avenge the killing  of their daughter. He appears on stage only briefly and behaves arrogantly. He goes to his death unaware of his fate.  Clytemnestra  - The play's protagonist, Clytemnestra is Agamemnon's wife and has ruled Argos in his absence. She plans  his murder with ruthless determination and feels no guilt after his death; she is convinced of her own rectitude and of  the justice of killing the man who killed her daughter. She is, a sympathetic character in many respects, but the  righteousness of her crime is tainted by her entanglement with Aegisthus. Even so, Aeschylus makes it clear that  Agamemnon's death must be avenged.  Cassandra  -  A Trojan Princess, captured by Agamemnon and carried to Argos as his slave and mistress. She was  Apollo's lover. Apollo gave her the gift of prophecy, but when she refused to bear him a child, he punished her by making  all around her disbelieve her predictions. She sees the ancestral curse afflicting Agamemnon's family, and predicts both  his death and her own, as well as the vengeance brought by Orestes in the next play.  Aegisthus  -  Agamemnon's cousin and Clytemnestra's lover. His father and Agamemnon's father were rivals for the  throne. Agamemnon's father boiled two of his rival's children—Aegisthus  brothers—and served them to him for dinner.  Since that time, Aegisthus has been in exile awaiting a chance to seek revenge for the terrible crime.  The Watchman   -  The man assigned to watch for the signal of Troy's fall from the roof of the palace. He is joyful at his 
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