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CLA204H1 - November 29

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Lee Sawchuk

Introduction to Classical Mythology Agamemnon - Oresteia • Oresteia – Trilogy by Aeschylus – Nostos and death (Agamemnon) – Revenge (Libation Bearers) – Trial (Eumenides) Agamemnon - Oresteia • Agamemnon – Clytemnestra angry • Iphigeneia? • Power? - she was ruling in his absence - wanted to keep the rule? • Family curse? - goes back to Pelops - carrying on the curse • Affair with Aegisthus? - sleeping with him while Agamemnon was away • Cassandra? (Hyginus 117?) - Cassandra was being brought back as a slave - Clytemnestra might have thought she was a concubine - jealousy – Aegisthus and Clytemnestra kill Agamemnon and Cassandra - Agamemnon in bath - she puts a magical cloak on him that he can't get out of (binding) - in most myths, Aegisthus shows up and they stab Agamemnon - in some myths Clytemnestra is the one who does the killing (A's plan) - Clytemnestra usually kills Cassandra after this (Cass. knows she will die) – Aegisthus and Clytemnestra rule Mycenae - this is not a good thing to do in the Greek world - Orestes should rule when his father dies - Aegisthus and Clytemnestra are tyrants ruling the city - Orestes, Agamemnon's son, raised in exile, will grow up avenge father - taken away by his sister to be raised in exile - fits Pandora pattern--she is a negative woman - nobody tries to defend her in Greek myth ***Image: Clytemnestra killing Cassandra - Cassandra kneeling down and raising an arm---supplication pose - Clytemnestra shouldn't kill her, but she does anyways - tripod behind Clytemnestra is the tripod of Delphi---relates to Cassandra - appears when you need to represent Apollo - shows that this is Cassandra, since she is a prophet ***Image: killing of Agamemnon - Agamemnon in the middle, in a close-fitting cloak (magic? binding?) - Aegisthus beside him with a sword - behind him is Clytemnestra (axe in her hand) - Cassandra is behind Agamemnon, hands up in a pleading gesture - behind her is another woman with her hands up (Electra? the sister of Orestes?) Agamemnon - Oresteia • Libation Bearers – Oracle from Apollo • Orestes to get revenge - fated to kill Aegisthus and Clytemnestra (his mother) - has to do it, but it is bad to kill his mot
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