Aeschylus: Libation Bearers (Companions to Greek and Roman by C. W. Marshall

By C. W. Marshall

Libation Bearers is the 'middle' play within the simply extant tragic trilogy to outlive from antiquity, Aeschylus' Oresteia, first produced in 458 BCE. This advent to the play should be precious for someone examining it in Greek or in translation. Drawing on his broad adventure educating approximately functionality within the historical international, C. W. Marshall is helping readers know the way the play used to be skilled by way of its old viewers. His dialogue explores the influence of the refrain, the characters, theology, and the play's obvious affinities with comedy. The structure of choral songs is defined intimately. The ebook additionally investigates the position of revenge in Athenian society and the complicated nature of Orestes' matricide.

Libation Bearers instantly entered the Athenian visible mind's eye, influencing creative depictions on red-figured vases, and encouraging performs through Euripides and Sophocles. This research seems to the later performs to teach how 5th-century audiences understood Libation Bearers. sleek reception of the play is built-in into the research. the quantity features a complete variety of ancillary fabric, offering an inventory of appropriate red-figure vase illustrations, a thesaurus of technical phrases, and a chronology of historical and glossy theatrical versions.

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