The Agamemnon of Aeschylus: A Commentary for Students by David RaeburnThe Agamemnon of Aeschylus: A Commentary for Students by David Raeburn

The Agamemnon of Aeschylus: A Commentary for Students

byDavid Raeburn, Oliver Thomas

Paperback | December 17, 2011

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This commentary discusses Aeschylus' play Agamemnon (458 BC), which is one of the most popular of the surviving ancient Greek tragedies, and is the first to be published in English since 1958. It is designed particularly to help students who are tackling Aeschylus in the original Greek for thefirst time, and includes a reprint of D. L. Page's Oxford Classical Text of the play.The introduction defines the place of Agamemnon within the Oresteia trilogy as a whole, and the historical context in which the plays were produced. It discusses Aeschylus' handling of the traditional myth and the main ideas which underpin his overall design: such as the development of justice andthe nature of human responsibility; and it emphasizes how the power of words, seen as ominous speech-acts which can determine future events, makes a central contribution to the play's dramatic momentum. Separate sections explore Aeschylus' use of theatrical resources, the role of the chorus, and thesolo characters. Finally there is an analysis of Aeschylus' distinctive poetic style and use of imagery, and an outline of the transmission of the play from 458 BC to the first printed editions.
David Raeburn read Literae Humaniores at Christ Church, Oxford, graduating in 1949. After a career as a classics teacher and headmaster, he has been teaching classical languages an the University of Oxford since 1991. He played a leading role in establishing the Summer School in Ancient Greek, organized by the Joint Association of Cla...
Title:The Agamemnon of Aeschylus: A Commentary for StudentsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:366 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:December 17, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Agamemnon and the Oresteia2. The historical context of the Oresteia3. Aeschylus and previous versions of the myth4. The ideas in Agamemnon5. Aeschylus use of his medium6. Dramatic technique: the power of words7. The chorus8. The solo characters9. Language, imagery, and theme10. The transmission of AgamemnonTextCommentaryAppendix: Sound and rhythmWorks citedIndex