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Oresteia, an (2009) [Anthology]
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In this innovative rendition of The Oresteia, the poet, translator, and essayist Anne Carson combines three different visions—Aischylos’ Agamemnon, Sophokles’ Elektra, and Euripides’ Orestes—giving birth to a wholly new experience of the classic Greek triumvirate of vengeance. After the murder of her daughter Iphegenia 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, driven mad by the Furies for his bloody betrayal of family, and Elektra are condemned to death by the people of Argos, and must justify their actions—signaling a call to change in society, a shift from the capricious governing of the gods to the rule of manmade law.

Carson’s accomplished rendering combines elements of contemporary vernacular with the traditional structures and rhetoric of Greek tragedy, opening up the plays to a modern audience. In addition to its accessibility, the wit and dazzling morbidity of her prose sheds new light on the saga for scholars.

Original title: An Oresteia
Original languages: Ancient Greek


Genre: Drama and PlaysAncientGreekTragedy

The following works are contained within this one:
     Agamemnon (-458) [Play]
      Author: Aeschylus
     Electra (-410) [Play]
      Author: Sophocles
     Orestes (-408) [Play]
      Author: Euripides

Edition #1: An Oresteia

An Oresteia (2009)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Anne Carson
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Manifested in:

An Oresteia (March 17, 2009)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780865479029
Pages: 272

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