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eumenides-aeschylusSources: Broad Street Review, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.rrors in judgment now can mean disaster.Apollo, Episode 3SnakesSymbolize darkness, consumption, and the underworldBloodRepresents guilt, revenge, and purificationNavel StoneUnderstood by ancient Greeks to be the center of the worldSymbolsYoung Olympians and ancient earth goddesses fight for dominance of human affairs.Old vs. Young GodsOrestes weighs his responsibility to both the household and the larger community.Family & Civic TiesFamily members of the House of Atreus kill and avenge one another in a destructive cycle.Tribal VengeanceAthena presides over the worlds first democratic court and citizen jury.Law & DemocracyThemesConsidered the father of tragedy, Greek playwright Aeschylus changed theaters dramatic possibilities. He was a star of the Great Dionysia playwriting competition and an honored public figure. As Athens adopted democracy, the shifting political climate inspired Eumenides—the third play in the Oresteia cycle.AESCHYLUSC. 525456 BCEAuthorYoung Olympian god Apollo argues passionately for Orestess freedom.The DefenseAncient Greece experiments with jury trials and democratic debate.The CourtsThe Furies, goddesses of the underworld, avenge blood crimes within families.The ProsecutionIn the continuing story of the House of Atreus, Orestes has killed his mother to avenge his father. Now he faces death at the hands of the Furies—unless a court rules in his favor. Greek gods battle over his fate in an ancient courtroom drama showing the beginning of Western democracy.The Trial ofthe CenturyOVERVIEWGreekOriginal Language458 BCEFirst PerformedAeschylusAuthorEumenidesTragedyPlay

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