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By C. W. Marshall

Libation Bearers is the 'middle' play within the in simple terms extant tragic trilogy to outlive from antiquity, Aeschylus' Oresteia, first produced in 458 BCE. This advent to the play should be valuable for a person analyzing it in Greek or in translation. Drawing on his large event instructing approximately functionality within the historic international, C. W. Marshall is helping readers know how the play was once skilled via its historic viewers. His dialogue explores the impression of the refrain, the characters, theology, and the play's obvious affinities with comedy. The structure of choral songs is defined intimately. The ebook additionally investigates the position of revenge in Athenian society and the problematical nature of Orestes' matricide.

Libation Bearers instantly entered the Athenian visible mind's eye, influencing inventive depictions on red-figured vases, and encouraging performs by means of Euripides and Sophocles. This learn seems to be to the later performs to teach how 5th-century audiences understood Libation Bearers. sleek reception of the play is built-in into the research. the quantity encompasses a complete diversity of ancillary fabric, delivering an inventory of correct red-figure vase illustrations, a thesaurus of technical phrases, and a chronology of historical and smooth theatrical versions.

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