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Published: 07 October 2004

304 Pages

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195135923

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The Oresteia

Translated by Alan Shapiro and Peter Burian

Greek Tragedy in New Translations

Aeschylus' Oresteia, the only ancient tragic trilogy to survive, is one of the great foundational texts of Western culture. It begins with Agamemnon, which describes Agamemnon's return from the Trojan War and his murder at the hands of his wife Clytemnestra, continues with her murder by their son Orestes in Libation Bearers, and concludes with Orestes' acquittal at a court founded by Athena in Eumenides. This new translation is faithful to the strangeness of the original Greek and to its enduring human truth.


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