Aeschylus+-+Oresteia

Aeschylus+-+Oresteia - Elders not in favor of Trojan war...

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February 1, 2008 Aeschylus – Oresteia Layers of analysis o Disorder Psyche Polis Cosmos [guilt of household (furies) vs. reason and persuasion (Olympians)] Tribalism Individuated Intimations of Democracy o In play, Athena organizes a jury trial Theodicy o Theological term trying to explain reason for suffering o Who do bad things happen to good people o Is there a point to suffering? Agamemnon o Pathos (suffering) o Line 62 “For one woman’s….in the onset”
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Unformatted text preview: Elders not in favor of Trojan war • What will be the cost of what has happened (including sacrifice of Agamemnon’s daughter) o Hymn to Zeus (about line 160-183) Their theodicy o Grace comes somehow violent o Wisdom comes from suffering o House of Atreus afflicted by self-righteous pride o “Delicacy of things inviolable” Doesn’t take much for civilization to turn back on itself...
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