Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly recreate the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, The Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals. Under the editorship of Herbert Golder and the late William Arrowsmith, each volume includes a critical introduction, commentary on the text, full stage directions, and a glossary of the mythical and geographical references in the plays. Produced more frequently on the ancient stage than any other tragedy, Orestes retells with striking innovations the story of the young man who kills his mother to avenge her murder of his father. Though eventually exonerated, Orestes becomes a fugitive from the Furies (avenging spirits) of his mother's blood. On the brink of destruction, he is saved in the end by Apollo, who had commanded the matricide. Powerful and gripping, Orestes sweeps us along with a momentum that starting slowly, builds inevitably to one of the most spectacular climaxes in all Greek tragedy.
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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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Aerope Aeschylus Agamemnon Aigisthos Aigyptos alastor ancient antistrophe Apollo Argive Argive assembly Argos arms Athenians Athens Atreus attack avenger barbarians betrayed bloodshed brother Castor chorus chorusleader Clytemnestra comes corpse crime Danaos dareos daughter of Zeus dead death Delphi doors earth electra enemies Enter Erinyes Euripides everything eyes face fate father friends Furies goddesses gods Greece Greek text Greek tragedy hear Hermione husband Iphigeneia kill his mother killed Helen lament Leda live look madness marry matricide Menelaos messenger mother's blood murder Mycenae Myrtilos Oinomaos oracles Orestes and Electra Orestes and Pylades orestes Go orestes Yes original audience outcast palace Pelasgians Pelops perished Phokis Phrygian play Polydeukes pylades scene semichorus sick sister slaves Sparta speak stand STROPHE Strophios sword Tantalos thing throat throne Thyestes translator Trojan Trojan War trouble Troy Tyndareos uncle What's wife woman women words Zeus