1-263 Watchman seesAgamemnon's fleet approaching. The Chorus enters and provides background information on the
264-319 Clytemnestra explains to the Chorus that the Greeks have sacked Troy.
320-502 The Chorus summarizes the causes of the Trojan War, especially in relation to "Guest-Friendship."
503-585 Aherald proclaimsAgamemnon's victory over Troy.
586-612 Clytemnestra discusses plans forAgamemnon's glorious return.
613-680 The herald and the Chorus talk about a storm that sank many Greek ships.
681-781 Long choral monologue on Helen and the downfall of Troy.
782-854 Agamemnon enters. The Chorus hints thatAgamemnon has domestic issues to address.
855-913 Clytemnestra explains that Orestes is elsewhere. She then invitesAgamemnon to walk on a purple cloth.
914-974 Agamemnon debates whether he should walk on the carpet. Eventually, "on his own will," he does.
975-1068 Clytemnestra addresses Cassandra and tells her (in no uncertain terms) to enter the palace.
1069- Cassandra tells the Chorus of the events to follow. The Chorus (of course) refuses to believe her.
1202- Cassandra explains why no one believes her prophecies.
1246- Cassandra details the events leading toAgamemnon's death, and then her own.
1331- Offstage, Clytemnestra killsAgamemnon and Cassandra; the frantic and terrified Chorus listens helplessly.
1372- Clytemnestra explains why she murderedAgamemnon: He sacrificed Iphegenia, their daughter, for favorable sailing
1447- Using various other, analogous myths as "precedents," the Chous and Clytemnestra debate whether her actions are
1576-1611 Aegisthus explains the curse onAtreus' house.
1612- Aegisthus and Clytemnestra reveal their plans to the chorus.
THE LIBATION BEARERS
1-105 Orestes, Electra, and Chorus individually lamentAgamemnon's murder.
106-211 Exchange between Electra and Chorus. Electra learns that Orestes has returned.
212-264 Orestes reveals himself; Electra eventually recognizes him.
265-371 Orestes, Electra and Chorus lament the unheroic nature ofAgamemnon's death.
372-460 Orestes and Electra decide the proper recourse is to kill Clytemnestra andAegisthus.
461-509 Orestes and Electra pray toAgamemnon's sha