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  • The Oresteia

  • By: Aeschylus, Yuri Rasovsky - adaptation from translation, Ian Johnston - translator
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

In The Oresteia, Aeschylus dramatizes the myth of the curse on the royal house of Argos. The action begins when King Agamemnon returns victorious from the Trojan War, only to be treacherously slain by his own wife. It ends with the trial of their son, Orestes, who slew his mother to avenge her treachery - a trial with the goddess Athena as judge, the god Apollo as defense attorney, and, as prosecutors, relentless avenging demons called The Furies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Dramatic Trilogy for Both GODS and MEN.

  • By Darwin8u on 06-19-12

If better time can be spent..

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-24-13

What did you love best about The Oresteia?

..than a walk with this production taking desultory interludes from this magical inner theater to enjoy the lovely surroundings I know not of it

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Oresteia?

there are so many, but if forced to choose one, I would say Cassandra's scene for Agamemnon, The murder of Clytemnestra for The Libation Bearers, and, of course, the Trial in Eumenides.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Soap Opera for eggheads

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