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
The Oresteia is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written in 458 B.C. for the Dionysia festival. They were written by the Greek playwright Aeschylus, who is often referred to as the Father of Tragedy. The three plays in the Oresteia are Agamemnon, Libation Bearers and The Eumenides. Continue reading
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
The Iliad is a beautiful poem that begins half way into the tragic, ten-year Trojan War. It was written by the blind Greek poet Homer, anywhere from the 12th to 7th century, as historians are not sure when Homer lived.