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An Oresteia

Agamemnon by Aiskhylos; Elektra by Sophokles; Orestes by Euripides

Aiskhylos; Sophokles; Euripides; Translated by Anne Carson

Faber & Faber

In An Oresteia, the classicist Anne Carson combines three different versions of the tragedy of the house of Atreus — A iskhylos’ Agamemnon, Sophokles’ Elektra and Euripides’ Orestes. After the murder of her daughter Iphigeneia by her husband, Agamemnon, Klytaimestra exacts a mother’s revenge, murdering Agamemnon and his mistress, Kassandra. Displeased with Klytaimestra’s actions, Apollo calls on her son, Orestes, to avenge his father’s death with the help of his sister Elektra. In the end, Orestes is driven mad by the Furies for his bloody betrayal of family. Condemned to death by the people of Argos, he and Elektra must justify their actions — or flout society, justice and the gods.

 

Carson’s translation combines contemporary language with the traditional structures and rhetoric of Greek tragedy, opening up this ancient tale of vengeance to a modern audience and revealing the essential wit and morbidity of the original plays.

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An Oresteia
AGAMEMNONby AiskhylosINTRODUCTIONIt's like watching a forest fire. Big, violent, changing every minute and the sound not like anything else.Every character in Agamemnon sets fire to language in a different way. Klytaimestra is a master of technologies, starting with the thousand-mile relay of beacons that brings news of the fall of Troy all the way from Asia to her in the first scene. She reenacts the relay in language that is so brilliant and so aggressive, she is like a conqueror naming parts of the world she now owns. She goes on to own everyone in the play--the chorus by argument
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  • Aiskhylos; Sophokles; Euripides; Translated by Anne Carson

  • Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches Ancient Greek for a living. Her publications include Eros the Bittersweet (1986), Glass, Irony and God (1995), Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse (1998), Economy of the Unlost (1999), The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos (2001), If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho (2002), Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera (2005) and Grief Lessons: Four Plays by Euripides (2006).

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An Oresteia

Agamemnon by Aiskhylos; Elektra by Sophokles; Orestes by Euripides

Aiskhylos; Sophokles; Euripides; Translated by Anne Carson

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