Classical Studies 2301A/B Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Absolution, Friends House, Iphigenia

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Oresteia: the title of the whole trilogy is the oresteia or aeschylus" oresteia, but not aeschylus" the, the individual plays are the agamemnon, the libation bearers, and the eumenides. Argos, also brought back his mistress, cassandra, captive princess and prophetess of troy: meanwhile, in argos, aegisthus had returned and clytaemestra had taken him as her lover and sent. Healer apollo, i pray you let her not with cross winds bind the ships of the danaans to long-time anchorage forcing a second sacrifice unholy, untasted, working bitterness in the blood and faith lost. For the terror returns like sickness to lurk in the the secret anger remembers the child that shall be avenged. A man thought the gods designed not to punish mortals who trampled down the delicacy of things inviolable. The curse on great daring shines clear; it wrings atonement from those high hearts that drive to evil, from houses blossoming to pride and peril.

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