Birth of tragedy + establishment of democracy (6th century) Highlights tension between loyalty to the greater community (polis) and to the family (oikos) Audience of athenian tragedy knew the story of agamemnon"s nostos (from the. Athenian tragedy enacts familiar myths on each stage. Deceived his bride"s(hippodameia) father(king oinomaos) to win her hand. Sons of pelops who fought over the throne. Reconciliation sacrifice and feast for thyestes (children) Performed at city dionysia, athens (458 bc: young and evolving democracy. Connected tragic trilogy: agamemnon, libation bearers, euminides. How did this involve: divine roles, gender, time, light, oikos vs polis. Greek expedition as agent of zeus, brining troy to justice. Destruction of troy is in turn punished by gods. Greeks mustered at aulis under agamemnon"s command. No wind to allow fleet to sail. Chooses to engage in violence against his household to fulfil public duties. Offends clytemnestra as a mother and protector of household wealth.