Aeschylus - Aeschylus: soldier & Tragedian -Born: 525/...

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Aeschylus: soldier & Tragedian -Born: 525/ 24 BCE -Died: 455/ 56BCE -5 TH century Persian invasion: 490: battle of marathon, 480, nettle of Salamis. -458: Oresteia takes first prize Aeschylean Dram -role of the chorus -fewer speaking characters onstage -participation of playwright onstage -Ornate, archaic language Themes of the Agamemnon -how to come home/ be a veteran -how to assume (or not assume) mortal theme “The conflict of ancient bitterness” -Tantalus: cook own son Pelops and serve to gods -Pelops: marries Hippodamia and produces Thyestes and Atreus -Thyestes and Aerope (Atreus wife) Aegisthus Quarrel -The curse of Thyestes (1602) -Eye for an eye mentality: Aegisthus needs to retaliate against the descendants of Atreus in order to restore his own honor. The case for Clytaemnestra -Avenges iphiagenia, “the flower of this man’s love and mine.” 1525 -Agamemnon bringing evil into the house -attempt to rid the house of its curse -912-913: Clytaemnestra thinks she’s “setting right what fate ordained”
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Aeschylus - Aeschylus: soldier & Tragedian -Born: 525/...

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