The Electras of Sophocles and Euripedes

Having finished reading all of the Aeschylus plays in GBWW Volume 4, I decided to proceed with the two Electra plays by Sophocles and Euripedes. If you don’t remember, Electra is the sister of Orestes, whose father Agamemnon was killed by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus in Aeschylus’ play Agamemnon in revenge for having sacrificed their daughter Iphigenia. … Continue reading “The Electras of Sophocles and Euripedes”

Aeschylus: The Persians, The Suppliant Maidens, Seven Against Thebes, Prometheus Bound

I managed to finish reading the four remaining plays by Aeschylus in Volume 4 of GBWW this weekend. As I was reading in marathon, I came to notice structural similarities between the plays. A striking one was that all of them featured at least one extended dialogue between one of the main protagonists and the leader … Continue reading “Aeschylus: The Persians, The Suppliant Maidens, Seven Against Thebes, Prometheus Bound”

Aeschylus’s Oresteia: Part 2, The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides

I managed to resume my reading of the rest of the Oresteia trilogy this week after previously having read and wrote about Agamemnon, the first play in the series. I finished reading each play in less than an hour. Both plays are shorter than Agamemnon, and they share similar characteristics: concise, direct action in a clear succession of events, a … Continue reading “Aeschylus’s Oresteia: Part 2, The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides”

Aeschylus’ Oresteia: Part 1, Agamemnon

It’s still the holidays, so I have way more free time than usual, but I’ve managed to read my first “book” in the Great Books collection: Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, the first part of his trilogy the Oresteia. Trilogies aren’t just a modern phenomenon: according to this informative introduction to Greek theater, trilogies were regularly performed as part of Athen’s annual … Continue reading “Aeschylus’ Oresteia: Part 1, Agamemnon”