An Oresteia: Agamemnon By Aiskhylos; Elektra By Sophokles; Orestes By Euripides

byAeschylus, SophoclesTranslated byAnne Carson

March 2, 2010|
An Oresteia: Agamemnon By Aiskhylos; Elektra By Sophokles; Orestes By Euripides by Aeschylus
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In An Oresteia, the classicist Anne Carson combines three different versions of the tragedy of the house of Atreus - A iskhylos'' Agamemnon, Sophokles'' Elektra and Euripides'' Orestes. After the murder of her daughter Iphigeneia by her husband, Agamemnon, Klytaimestra exacts a mother''s revenge, murdering Agamemnon and his mistress, Kassandra. Displeased with Klytaimestra''s actions, Apollo calls on her son, Orestes, to avenge his father''s death with the help of his sister Elektra. In the end, Orestes is driven mad by the Furies for his bloody betrayal of family. Condemned to death by the people of Argos, he and Elektra must justify their actions - or flout society, justice and the gods.

Carson''s translation combines contemporary language with the traditional structures and rhetoric of Greek tragedy, opening up this ancient tale of vengeance to a modern audience and revealing the essential wit and morbidity of the original plays.

Anne Carson is a professor of Classics at the University of Toronto, Canada, as well as a poet, essayist, and translator. She was a Guggenheim Fellow and a MacArthur Fellow, and has won a Pushcart Prize, a Lannan Literary Award, and a PEN Award for Poetry in Translation. Carson''s first book, Eros the Bittersweet, was named one of the ...
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Title:An Oresteia: Agamemnon By Aiskhylos; Elektra By Sophokles; Orestes By Euripides
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:272 pages, 8.29 X 5.62 X 0.74 in
Shipping dimensions:272 pages, 8.29 X 5.62 X 0.74 in
Published:March 2, 2010
Publisher:Farrar, Straus And Giroux
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780865479166

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