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The Oresteia

Aeschylus (525/524 BC - c. 455/456 BC)

1. 0 – Dramatis Personae
2. 1 – Agamemnon, Part 1
3. 2 – Agamemnon, Part 2
4. 3 – The Libation Bearers, Part 1
5. 4 – The Libation Bearers, Part 2
6. 5 – The Furies, Part 1
7. 6 – The Furies, Part 2

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Summary

The Oresteia is a trilogy by Aeschylus, one of the foremost playwrights of ancient Greece. It encompasses three plays: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Furies. It tells the tragic tale of the House of Atreus, whose inhabitants have been cursed and are doomed to play out their bloody, vengeful destinies. At the beginning of the first part, the Trojan War has ended and the Greek general, Agamemnon, is returning victorious to his wife Clytemnestra. Yet she finds it difficult to forgive his sacrifice of their daughter, Iphigenia, who was killed to ensure the Greek fleet fair winds in their voyage to Troy. Her desire for vengeance, and its dire consequences, instigates the action of these poetic tragedies.