CC348- Moral Agency sqs 1-354

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CC348/CTI345: Moral Agency in Greek Tragdey Study Questions to Aeschylus’      Agamemnon      #1, ll.1-354     Agamemnon     : Synopsis     The play is set in Argos, the kingdom of the House of Atreus.  During  Atreus' rule his brother, Thyestes, had had an affair with Atreus' wife and to  punish him Atreus had murdered his two eldest sons and served them up to  Thyestes as dinner.  After this Thyestes had left Argos with his youngest son  Aegisthus.  Atreus’ eldest son, Agamemnon, married the daughter of Tyndareus,  Clytaemestra, and his brother, Menelaus, married her sister, Helen.  When Paris  abducted Helen, Agamemnon took command of the expedition to get her back.  It  has been ten years since the Greeks set sail for Troy.  During this time  Clytaemestra has been ruling Argos in Agamemnon's stead.  The play opens with  the Watchman hailing the beacons that signal the fall of Troy.  A Chorus of Argive  Elders enters and tells of the events surrounding the fleet's departure from  Greece, most importantly the sacrifice by Agamemnon of his daughter Iphigeneia  to appease the goddess Artemis who had becalmed the Greek fleet at Aulis. 
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course CC 348 taught by Professor Dean- jones during the Spring '11 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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