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Greek Tragedy : Penguin Classics - Aeschylus

Greek Tragedy

Penguin Classics

By: Aeschylus

Paperback Published: 14th September 2004
ISBN: 9780141439365
Number Of Pages: 352
For Ages: 18+ years old

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Agememnon is the first part of the Aeschylus's Orestian trilogy in which the leader of the Greek army returns from the Trojan war to be murdered by his treacherous wife Clytemnestra. In Sophocles' Oedipus Rex the king sets out to uncover the cause of the plague that has struck his city, only to discover the devastating truth about his relationship with his mother and his father. Medea is the terrible story of a woman's bloody revenge on her adulterous husband through the murder of her own children.

About The Author

Aeschylus was born of a noble family near Athens in 525 BC. He took part in the Persian Wars and his epitaph, said to have been written by himself, represents him as fighting at Marathon. At some time in his life he appears to have been prosecuted for divulging the Eleusinian mysteries, but he apparently proved himself innocent.

Aeschylus wrote more than seventy plays, of which seven have survived: The Suppliants, The Persians, Seven Against Thebes, Prometheus Bound, Agamemnon, The Choephori, and The Eumenides. (All are translated for Penguin Classics.) He visited Syracuse more than once at the invitation of Hieron I and he died at Gela in Sicily in 456 BC. Aeschylus was recognized as a classic writer soon after his death, and special privileges were decreed for his plays.

Preface to Agamemnonp. 3
Agamemnonp. 11
Preface to Oedipus Rexp. 71
Oedipus Rexp. 77
Preface to Medeap. 131
Medeap. 137
Preface to Frogsp. 185
Extracts from Frogsp. 193
Preface to Poeticsp. 227
Extracts from Poeticsp. 239
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ISBN: 9780141439365
ISBN-10: 014143936X
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 14th September 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1