Aeschylus: The Oresteia

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 19, 2004 - Drama - 95 pages
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Simon Goldhill focuses on the play's themes--justice, sexual politics, violence, and the role of man in ancient Greek culture--in this general introduction to Aeschylus' Oresteia, one of the most important and influential of all Greek dramas. After exploring how Aeschylus constructs a myth for the city in which he lived, a final chapter considers the influence of the Oresteia on more contemporary theater. The volume's organized structure and guide to further reading will make it an invaluable reference for students and teachers. First Edition Hb (1992): 0-521-40293-X First Edition Pb (1992): 0-521-40853-9
 

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Contents

Drama and the city of Athens
1
The con text of democracy
7
The context of the festival
11
The con text of the theatre
16
The Oresteia
20
A charter for the city?
24
The female is slayer of the male
33
rewriting the past for the present
41
Prophecy fear and the influence of the past 5 5
55
The imagery of order
60
The divine frame
67
The poetic texture
74
dramatic dialogue
78
Political rhetoric
81
Guide to further reading
92
Copyright

The mortal coil
48

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