Aeschylus' Oresteia, the one old tragic trilogy to outlive, is without doubt one of the nice foundational texts of Western tradition. It starts off with Agamemnon, which describes Agamemnon's go back from the Trojan battle and his homicide by the hands of his spouse Clytemnestra, keeps along with her homicide via their son Orestes in Libation Bearers, and concludes with Orestes' acquittal at a court docket based by way of Athena in Eumenides. The trilogy hence strains the evolution of justice in human society from blood vengeance to the rule of thumb of legislation, Aeschylus' contribution to a Greek legend steeped in homicide, adultery, human sacrifice, cannibalism, and never-ending intrigue. This new translation is devoted to the strangeness of the unique Greek and to its enduring human fact, expressed in language extraordinary for poetic depth, wealthy metaphorical texture, and a verbal density that modulates from time to time into strong simplicity. The translation's unique yet advanced rhythms honor the track of the Greek, bringing into unforgettable English the Aeschylean imaginative and prescient of an international fraught with religious and political tensions.
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