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By C. W. Marshall

Libation Bearers is the 'middle' play within the in basic terms extant tragic trilogy to outlive from antiquity, Aeschylus' Oresteia, first produced in 458 BCE. This creation to the play could be valuable for an individual interpreting it in Greek or in translation. Drawing on his broad event instructing approximately functionality within the historical global, C. W. Marshall is helping readers know the way the play was once skilled via its historic viewers. His dialogue explores the influence of the refrain, the characters, theology, and the play's obvious affinities with comedy. The structure of choral songs is defined intimately. The booklet additionally investigates the position of revenge in Athenian society and the complicated nature of Orestes' matricide.

Libation Bearers instantly entered the Athenian visible mind's eye, influencing inventive depictions on red-figured vases, and encouraging performs through Euripides and Sophocles. This research seems to be to the later performs to teach how 5th-century audiences understood Libation Bearers. glossy reception of the play is built-in into the research. the quantity incorporates a complete diversity of ancillary fabric, offering an inventory of proper red-figure vase illustrations, a word list of technical phrases, and a chronology of old and smooth theatrical versions.

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