"when men’s lives are swollen with hubris they are toppled down by some disaster sent from heaven" -from Sophocles' Ajax

22 January 2014

Aeschylus' Oresteia Video Blog

In this video blog I discuss the Oresteia of Aeschylus as a whole cycle, commenting on how the play moves from a primitive originary culture of violence, where justice is associated with strength and revenge, to a culture structured by the rule of law, in which justice is determined according to communal standards. I also talk about each of the three plays in the trilogy--Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Eumenides--each of which you can learn more about in my blogs about those specific plays.
Additionally, I briefly discuss what the Oresteia tells us about the theatre of the City Dionysia, about Hellenistic burial customs, and about 5th century Athenian trial procedures.

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