The Orestes of Euripides

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Hayes Barton Press, 1928 - Drama - 87 pages
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By Euripides

Before the royal palace at Argos. It is the sixth day after the murder of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus. ELECTRA is discovered alone. ORESTES lies sleeping on a couch in the background.

ELECTRA There is naught so terrible to describe, be it physical pain or heaven-sent affliction, that man's nature may not have to bear the burden of it. Tantalus, they say, once so prosperous,-and I am not now taunting him with his misfortunes,-Tantalus, the reputed son of Zeus, hangs suspended in mid air, quailing at the crag which
looms above his head; paying this penalty, they say, for the shameful weakness he displayed in failing to keep a bridle on his lips, when admitted by gods, though he was but mortal, to share the honours of their feasts like one of them.


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Drawing on the material of the Orestia, Euripides's Orestes is a strange and disturbing play, condemning all of its heroes for their violence and criminality and culminating in one of the most wildly ... Read full review

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As I have said before, Orestes must have been a popular guy to have so many plays written about him. In fact, I've gotten kind of tired of having to read about him and his sister (Electra, that is ... Read full review

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