Aeschylus: The Oresteia

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 19, 2004 - Drama - 95 pages
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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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Solid introduction to the Oresteia. Goldhill provides a (very) little social context, and a nice run down of the plays' important themes. I think he could have provided more information on the ... Read full review

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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