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Unformatted text preview: Athene enters, followed by the twelve jurors and a herald. Other citizens of Athens assemble to observe the trial. Apollo comes in with Orestes and announces that he intends to assist the defendant. Athene calls the new court to order and invites the Furies, as plaintiffs, to begin the trial by presenting their case. The chorus question Orestes. He admits having killed Clytaemestra but says that he was ordered to commit the crime by Apollo. He demands to know why the Furies did not punish Clytaemestra for the murder of Agamemnon. They reply that Clytaemestra has already been punished by her death at his hands. Besides, since Agamemnon was not her blood relation, his murder has no bearing on this case. Confused by the course his trial is taking, Orestes asks Apollo to speak for him. Orestes says that he willingly admits the murder but does not himself know whether he did right or wrong.that he willingly admits the murder but does not himself know whether he did right or wrong....
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- Fall '08