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on 8 October 2014
after buying a disappointing collected edition, went for the safe penguin edition - good introduction and notes, great plays, brutal and beautiful.
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The Oresteia is not just a seminal work of European literature but also one of the founding texts of western theatre. The only complete trilogy still extant from Classical Athens, it tells the story of Agamemnon's return from Troy and his murder by his unfaithful wife Clytemnestra. The 2nd play takes place years later when Agamemnon's children, Electra and Orestes, have to struggle with their consciences over whether to revenge their father by killing their mother. The third plays brings the trilogy to a conclusion as Orestes, pursued by the Furies for the crime of matricide, is brought to Athens and finally purified of his crime.

Dark, grim, compelling and poetic, this really will haunt you.
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on 28 June 2017
The state of the book was not as described but lasted out my need for it...just!
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on 21 November 2016
great, thank you
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on 26 February 2015
Excellent
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on 29 January 2017
Very satisfied customer. Thank you.
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on 9 February 2015
excellent translation with very good notes. I reccomend this book.
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on 4 January 2015
lovly book
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on 26 July 2016
Essential for classics study. Book contains excellent intro and play analysis.
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on 21 April 2002
Reading plays is never easy, particularly ancient ones with such a very different style to something like George Bernard Shaw. If you can get into it then it is well worth it and you will really be hanging on to the edge of your seat by the third part, but you need to be patient and I highly recommend at least some background knowledge so you know the reference points. Overall very good and well worth reading.
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