The Oresteia – Aeschylus

S$98.00

The Oresteia – Aeschylus

S$98.00

Title: The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Furies
Author: Aeschylus, EDA Morshead (trans), Michael Ayrton (illus)
ISBN: –
Publisher: Easton Press, 1979. Collector’s edition.
Condition: Hardcover, full leather, huge book. Very good+, very minor wear. Has previous owner’s name blind-stamped on corner of title page, barely noticeable. Otherwise looks unread.

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Description

This book features:

  • Full top-grade leather binding
  • Genuine 22k gold gilt to all edges, front design, spine, and back
  • Silk moire endsheets
  • Satin bookmark, sewn-in
  • Hubbed spine with raised bands
  • Smyth-sewn binding for durability
  • Premium acid-neutral archival paper that will not yellow

The Oresteia (Ancient Greek: Ὀρέστεια) is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus which concerns the end of the curse on the House of Atreus. When originally performed it was accompanied by Proteus, a satyr play that would have been performed following the trilogy; it has not survived. The term “Oresteia” originally probably referred to all four plays, but today is generally used to designate only the surviving trilogy. “The individual plays probably did not originally have titles of their own”

The only surviving example of a trilogy of ancient Greek plays, the Oresteia was originally performed at the Dionysia festival in Athens in 458 BC, where it won first prize. A principal theme of the trilogy is the shift from the practice of personal vendetta to a system of litigation. The name derives from the character Orestes, who sets out to avenge his father after his mother’s affair with Aegisthus.

More at wikipedia.