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(without typos) from the publisher. 1900. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... II THE ORESTEA DEGREESJT DEGREESJLGGY The twofold subject of
the Oresteia is the deliverance of the house of Atreus from an
ancestral curse, and the foundation of the Athenian council of the
Areiopagus. The central figure, as the title of the Trilogy
implies, is Orestes, son of Agamemnon, through whom the house was
redeemed. The crowning event is the trial, before the Council, of
the issue between Apollo, his advocate, and the Erinyes invoked by
his mother, Clytemnestra, whom he had slain along with her paramour
Aegisthus, in revenge for her murder of his father. The germ was a
simple tale of crime and retaliation, which is noticed incidentally
in the Odyssey, and was set forth in a later epic (Nostoi, 'Return
of the Heroes'), describing the adventures of the Greek chiefs
after the Trojan war. But the main ethical feature of the story--
Clytemnestra's appeal to the Erinyes, and their persecution of
Orestes--was introduced by xxxiv GROWTH OF THE LEGEND xxxv
Stesichorus, who added copious inventions of his own to the old
legends, standing half way between the Epic and the deeper,
self-conscious melic poetry. The retribution was now made to fall
on Clytemnestra as well as Aegisthus, and Orestes could no longer
be regarded as simply praiseworthy.1 Aeschylus followed this
version with little or no external difference. But he read it in
the lurid light of other poems of Dorian origin, hostile to the old
Achaean families, which dwelt on dark incidents in the past of the
house: the treacherous murder of Myrtilus by Pelops, the murder of
Chrysippus by his brothers Atreus and Thyestes, and that of
Pleisthenes by Atreus, his father, the seduction of Atreus' wife,
Aerope, by Thyestes, the slaughter of Thyestes' children. If
Aeschylus did not, Jlike Sophocles,2 explicitly trace back the c...
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