CLAS170-Nov6 - CLAS170-Nov7 Aeschylus Oresteia-Oresteia...

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CLAS170-Nov7 Aeschylus’ Oresteia -Oresteia trilogy -agamemnon, Libation-Bearers (Choephoroe), Eumenides -only surviving trilogy, but all other Greek tragedies from the 5 th century BCE were trilogies -performed at the city Dinoysia in 458 BCE, winning first place -All three great tragedians wrote plays on this subject which survive: -Euripides: Iphigenia at Aulis, Clytemnestra, Electra, and Iphigenia at Tauris -Sophocles: Electra Curse of the House of Atreus -Tantalus (see genealogical chart #17, p.li in the Anthology) -Thyestes and Atreus -Thyestes seduced Aerope -Atreus slew Thyestes’ sons and served them to Thyestes at dinner -Thyestes coupled with his daughter Pelopia to produce Aegusthus (advice from oracle) -None of these mythological components are explicitly mentioned in Aeschylus’ works Tantalus -grandfather of Sisyphus, great grandfather of Atreus -served his son, Pelops, to the gods Argos/Mycenae -Homeric tradition makes Agamemnon king of the city of Mycenae -Aeschylus makes Agamemnon the king of Argos Sacrifice of Iphigenia at Aulis
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