The Libation-Bearers (Choephoroe)

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The Libation-Bearers (Choephoroe)

By Aeschylus

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In the first play of the Oresteia, Clytemnestra murders her husband, Agamemnon, to avenge his sacrificing their daughter Iphigenia to bring good sailing weather for his fleet. Their son, Orestes, goes into exile. The Libation Bearers opens with his return and a discreet meeting with his sister Electra, in which they call upon their dead father's spirit to strengthen their resolve to avenge his death. The final blood-letting in the house of Atreus is perpetrated by Orestes, who first kills his mother?s lover and then kills Clytemnestra. The horror of his acts brings the Furies to haunt him and he flees from the scene, sick in heart and mind.

Subject: Humanities -> Theatre -> Special Topics

The Libation-Bearers (Choephoroe)
Publisher: Hayes Barton Press 450 B.C.
Imprint: Originals
Language: English


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