The Oresteia Trilogy
*Includes pictures of the famous Greek playwrights and the plays’ characters
*Includes Table of Contents
Along with Sophocles and Euripides, Aeschylus (circa 524-455 B.C.) is one of the triumvirate of Ancient Greek playwrights responsible for much of the establishment of Western drama as it exists today. Aeschylus was the first whose work survived and is credited as the Father of Tragedy, though the other two are probably better known in the West today. He was famous even among his contemporaries; Aristotle mentions how he revolutionized plays by creating more characters and having them interact with each other to produce conflict.
Some of the Ancient Greeks’ most famous characters are famous because of Aeschylus, none more so than Orestes. Aeschylus is believed to have written nearly 100 plays, but less than 10 survived, chief among them being the trilogy known as The Oresteia, consisting of the three tragedies Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides. He’s also credited for Prometheus Bound, though the authorship of that one is still in dispute.
The first in the trilogy, Agamemnon, tells the tale of the famous Greek king who returns home after the victorious Trojan War, with the prophet of doom Cassandra in tow. Agamemnon comes back to his loving wife Clytemnestra, or so he thinks. The second play in the trilogy, The Libation Bearers, brings about the reunion of Orestes and his sister Electra, with the two plotting revenge. The final play in the trilogy, The Eumenides, tells the story of Orestes being consumed by the Furies after taking his revenge, and Orestes, Apollo, and the Furies go before Athena and citizen judges to determine whether he’s guilty of murder.
This edition of Aeschylus’s The Oresteia Trilogy is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and is illustrated with pictures of the famous Ancient Greek playwrights, characters from the plays, and more.