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    The Revenge Cycle In ancient Greece, retributive justice served as both a strict societal code and an expectation of the cosmos. In The Eumenides by Aeschylus, the Furies serve as the defenders of this justice, which is explored in depth during the Furies’ monologue as they pursue Orestes for his matricide. In order to fully understand this passage, the reader must first grasp the Furies’ sense of justice. To these beings, justice is rooted in the ancient laws that require equal retribution for crimes that one commits. Unlike the contemporary view of justice, this perception favors strict punishment over understanding both sides of the argument, and once the Furies deem the offender guilty, there is no hope for him. This system is only concerned with the offender’s deed; the circumstances surrounding the act are of…

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    In Aeschylus’ The Oresteia, a controversial issue has been whether it is right or wrong to enact revenge, or if justice should be sought after by the law. On the one hand, some argue that justice can only be procured by the law and fair judgement of a trial, because it eliminates passionate thought and bias. On the other hand, however, others argue that justice is brought to a person with an “eye for an eye” perspective, where people take it upon themselves to get what they want. In the words of…

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    The first European dramatist Aeschylus is one of three legendary ancient Greek writers, who specialize in Greek tragedy. Joining him are legend’s Sophocles and Euripides. These men framed what societies called theater into what is it today by reconstructing the ways Greeks viewed theater. Aeschylus essentially learned to express the meaning of his plays through experience and creativity. He was a man who’s main purpose was to produce the correlation of man and the many gods the Greek’s believed…

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    From cave drawings to ritualistic dances, people have been looking for ways to entertain, explain the inexplicable, and relay histories. If the Guinness Book of World Records had a spot for “Oldest Report of Theatre” the Egyptians would win. There are hieroglyphic writings describing performances on the Nile river where, according to the book, ‘Minute History of the Drama’, the acting was so realistic that “actors” died in the scenes depicting battles. However, the title for 'Oldest Written…

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    Aeschylus Oresteia

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    Constructing deep themes through the unionization several highly polar concepts, Aeschylus portrays the mythical border between piety and anthropocentrism while elucidating the dim line between blood and water. Most religious or spiritual people share a universal belief in a relationship - or a covenant - between humanity and the divine, yet they struggle to understand the barrier between the two. Structural analysis of Aeschylus’ Oresteia Trilogy illuminates the distinctions between humans and…

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    technique, Aeschylus fills his tragedy, Oresteia: The Agamemnon, with layers of multiplicity. Essentially, multiplicity in this tragedy entails using dialogues containing several meanings to convey truths about Greek society and to shed light on situations outside the current action. Aeschylus’ use of this dramatic tool contributes to the success of the novel and adds depth to the meaning of the characters’ conversations. Furthermore, it affords the audience an opportunity to personally…

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    while ancient civilizations often could not employ the language for constitutions, in the founding of Athens, The Oresteia, a play by Aeschylus, the people clearly state a foundation for this new city. The foundation they set, Saxonhouse asserts, is one where the familial ties must be suppressed in favor of working towards a better society for the citizens of Athens. This is clearly supported through the trial set forth by Athena, the speech given by Apollo during the trial, and the slow…

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    Aeschylus exhibited an era of ancient Greece in his play, Agamemnon, through his language which displayed a society with a very influential religious discourse that lacked specific guidelines. He establishes the immense impact of religion through the main character, Agamemnon, when he sacrifices her daughter in the play; "And ill, to smite my child, my household’s love and pride! To stain with virgin blood a father’s hands, and slay My daughter, by the altar’s side!” (Aeschylus 251-253).…

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    Greek Playwrights

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    He was born in Eleusis, a town north-west of Athens. When he was young he worked at a vineyard, until, according to some, the Greek god Dionysus appeared to him in a dream, saying that he should start writing tragedies. As soon he woke up he started writing his first tragedy, and his first performance was at 499BC when he was only 26 years of age. The Persian war played a big part in Aeschylus’ life. He and his friend Cynegeirus fought to defend Athens, though Cynegeirus died trying to prevent a…

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    comedy.(2) Comedies and theater wouldn’t be possible at all without the playwrights who wrote them. Tragedy Playwrights Only a small number of tragedies survived as full works from the Athenian festivals, but they include the plays of three major playwrights. One of the playwright was Aeschylus. Aeschylus was the first writer to add a second person in his plays. He first won the prize for tragedy in 484 B.C. He is known to have written about eighty plays, but only seven full works have made…

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