Aeschylus: The Oresteia
This is the only general introduction in English to Aeschylus' Oresteia, one of the most important and most influential of all Greek dramas. Simon Goldhill focuses on the play's themes of justice, sexual politics, violence, and the position of man within culture, and explores how Aeschylus constructs a myth for the city in which he lived. A final chapter considers the influence of the Oresteia on later theatre. Its clear structure and guide to further reading will make this an invaluable guide for students and teachers alike.
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Drama and the city of Athens
The con text of democracy
The context of the festival
The con text of the theatre
A charter for the city?
The female is slayer of the male
rewriting the past for the present
Prophecy fear and the influence of the past 5 5
The imagery of order
The divine frame
The poetic texture
Guide to further reading
The mortal coil
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