Table of Contents Overall Analysis Agamemnon is the first play in a trilogy, the Oresteia, which is considered Aeschylus' greatest work, and perhaps the greatest Greek tragedy. Of the plays in the trilogy, Agamemnon contains the strongest command of language and characterization. The poetry is magnificent and moving, with skillful portrayal of major and minor characters alike. The play's mood carries a heavy sense of impending doom.
His family was wealthy and well established; his father, Euphorion, was a member of the Eupatridaethe ancient nobility of Attica,  though this might be a fiction that the ancients invented to account for the grandeur of his plays. In the last decade of the 6th century, Aeschylus and his family were living in the deme of Eleusis.
Firm details of specific rites are sparse, as members were sworn under the penalty of death not to reveal anything about the Mysteries to non-initiates. Heracleides of Pontus asserts that the audience tried to stone Aeschylus. He then took refuge at the altar in the orchestra of the Theater of Dionysus.
At his trial, he pleaded ignorance. He was acquitted, with the jury sympathetic to the military service of Aeschylus and his brothers during the Persian Wars. Valerius Maximus wrote that he was killed outside the city by a tortoise dropped by an eagle possibly a lammergeier or Cinereous vulturewhich do feed on tortoises by dropping them on hard objects  which had mistaken his bald head for a rock suitable for shattering the shell of the reptile.
According to Castoriadis, the inscription on his grave signifies the primary importance of "belonging to the City" polisof the solidarity that existed within the collective body of citizen-soldiers.
Personal life[ edit ] Aeschylus married and had two sons, Euphorion and Euaeon, both of whom became tragic poets. Euphorion won first prize in BC in competition against both Sophocles and Euripides. The Alexandrian Life of Aeschylus claims that he won the first prize at the City Dionysia thirteen times.
Trilogies[ edit ] One hallmark of Aeschylean dramaturgy appears to have been his tendency to write connected trilogies, in which each play serves as a chapter in a continuous dramatic narrative.
The comic satyr plays that follow his trilogies also drew upon stories derived from myths. Based on the evidence provided by a catalogue of Aeschylean play titles, scholiaand play fragments recorded by later authors, it is assumed that three other of his extant plays were components of connected trilogies: Seven against Thebes being the final play in an Oedipus trilogy, and The Suppliants and Prometheus Bound each being the first play in a Danaid trilogy and Prometheus trilogy, respectively see below.
Scholars have moreover suggested several completely lost trilogies derived from known play titles. A number of these trilogies treated myths surrounding the Trojan War.The Oresteia (Ancient Greek: Ὀρέστεια) is a trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus in the 5th century BC, concerning the murder of Agamemnon by Clytemnestra, the murder of Clytemnestra by Orestes, the trial of Orestes, the end of the curse on the House of Atreus and pacification of the Erinyes.
Agamemnon is the first of a trilogy, the Oresteia, the other two parts of which are The Libation-Bearers and The Eumenides. The trilogy--the only such work to survive from Ancient Greece--is considered by many critics to be the greatest Athenian tragedy ever written, because of its .
Oresteia In bce, Aeschylus produced the Oresteia, which is the only surviving Greek trilogy and probably the playwright's last work. Oresteia includes the plays Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, and Eumenides, and the lost satyr play Proteus.
The first play of the trilogy, Agamemnon, takes place in Argos shortly after the fall of Troy. Agamemnon returns home with only one ship because his fleet was scattered by a storm at sea. He is accompanied by his newest concubine, Cassandra, the daughter of the king of Troy.
the oresteia agamemnon, the libation bearers, the eumenides AESCHYLUS was born of a noble family at Eleusis near Athens in B.C. He took part in the Persian Wars and his epitaph, said to have been written by himself, represents him as fighting at Marathon.
The chorus in Agamemnon, the first play of the Oresteia, says this twice. The capacity to learn through suffering is a distinguishing characteristic of the tragic hero, preeminently of the Greek tragic hero.