Translation by George Thomson
Introduction by Richard Seaford
Still powerful after 2,500 years, the three plays of The Oresteia portray the bloody chain of family murder and vengeance that follows the return of the victorious King Agamemnon from the Trojan War.
In Aeschylus’s hands, the killing of Agamemenon by his wife Clytemnestra for having sacrificed their daughter Iphigeneia to the gods, Clytemnestra’s subsequent death at the hands of their son Orestes with the encouragement of his sister Electra, and Orestes’s resulting trial and acquittal, becomes a dramatic parable of justice and civilization that has been reinterpreted in every age.
It is presented here in the classic translation by George Thomson, renowned for its accuracy and readability as well as for preserving the rhythms and multi-layered richness of the original Greek.