The Oresteia by Aeschylus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is pretty fantastic. I'm surprised. I think I like this old Greek trilogy of plays better than all the others that I've read. That's including Oedipus. :P
The translation is pretty awesome, the tragedy is beautiful, and the underlying theme of justice and the balance of power between men and women is stark and heavy.
But isn't it about murder and eye-for-an-eye taken to extremes? Yeah, but it's still more than that.
It's mainly about honoring your children and honoring your parents. It's not as twisted as some of the other Greek plays, but it is pretty horrific. Agamemnon kills his daughter, his wife kills him. Her son kills her. But wait! Apollo sanctions his killing. Alas, the Furies do not. So now we have the older gods versus the new. Parents and children at each other's throats again.
And here we all thought that Zeus only caused chaos, too! To think that he'd welcome the Furies into his court as honored equals.
(Personally, I think it was just a political move. I'm pretty sure that the Furies scared him shitless, too. :)
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