The Eumenides — The Oresteia

The final, breathtaking play in the tragic Oresteia is The Eumenides. It deals with the critical question as to whether or not the condemned prince Orestes is guilty of murder. Continue reading “The Eumenides — The Oresteia”

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Libation Bearers — The Oresteia

Libation Bearers is the second tragedy in the Oresteia. It tells about the strong-willed prince Orestes, only son of the King of Mycenae Agamemnon, who comes home to find that his dear father has been tragically killed. Libation Bearers also tells of the inescapable deaths of the hypocritical Clytemnestra, queen and mother of Orestes, and her lover, Aegisthus. Continue reading “Libation Bearers — The Oresteia”

Works and Days — Hesiod

Works and Days by the Greek poet Hesiod is a persuasive work and partly a manual on how to farm and live an honest, prosperous life. It begins with Hesiod persuading his brother, Perseus, to share their inheritance, which the latter had taken. The latter half of the poem is a useful handbook on how to farm, sail, have slaves and live prosperously. Continue reading “Works and Days — Hesiod”