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The Oresteia Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides

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Penguin Classics

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Introductory essay, notes and glossary by W.B.Stanford

Author Biography

Aeschylus was born of a noble family near Athens in 525 BC. He took part in the Persian Wars and his epitaph, said to have been written by himself, represents him as fighting at Marathon. At some time in his life he appears to have been prosecuted for divulging the Eleusinian mysteries, but he apparently proved himself innocent. Aeschylus wrote more than seventy plays, of which seven have survived: The Suppliants, The Persians, Seven Against Thebes, Prometheus Bound, Agamemnon, The Choephori, and The Eumenides. (All are translated for Penguin Classics.) He visited Syracuse more than once at the invitation of Hieron I and he died at Gela in Sicily in 456 BC. Aeschylus was recognized as a classic writer soon after his death, and special privileges were decreed for his plays.
Robert Fagles is Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Comparative Literature, Emeritus, at Princeton University. He is the recipient of the 1997 PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation and a 1996 Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His previous translations include Sophocles’s Three Theban Plays, Aeschylus’s Oresteia (nominated for a National Book Award), Homer’s Iliad (winner of the 1991 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award by The Academy of American Poets) and Homer’s Odyssey.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 7
Acknowledgementsp. 11
A Reading of 'The Oresteia': The Serpent and the Eaglep. 13
Agamemnonp. 99
The Libation Bearersp. 173
The Eumenidesp. 227
The Genealogy of Orestesp. 279
Select Bibliographyp. 281
Notesp. 285
Agamemnonp. 285
The Libation Bearersp. 305
The Eumenidesp. 317
Glossaryp. 331
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