History Theatre / TheOresteia

1st Jun '16 3:59:10 AM Morgenthaler
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These questions had been asked by Athenians for decades after the battle of Marathon (which occurred during the first Persian invasion of Greece, in 490 BC) and were the inspiration for ''The Oresteian Trilogy'', three ancient Greek [[{{Tragedy}} tragedies]] written by {{Aeschylus}}.

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These questions had been asked by Athenians for decades after the battle of Marathon (which occurred during the first Persian invasion of Greece, in 490 BC) and were the inspiration for ''The Oresteian Trilogy'', three ancient Greek [[{{Tragedy}} tragedies]] written by {{Aeschylus}}.
Creator/{{Aeschylus}}.



{{Aeschylus}} shows us that unchecked violence gives birth to further violence, murder begets more murder.

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{{Aeschylus}} Creator/{{Aeschylus}} shows us that unchecked violence gives birth to further violence, murder begets more murder.
12th Apr '16 6:09:58 PM PaulA
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* CycleOfRevenge: [[spoiler:It all began when [[WhatTheHellHero Agamemnon sacrificed his own daughter Iphigeneia so that the Greek army could sail out for Troy.]] He returns home after ten years of war, only to be murdered by his wife Clytemnestra. Then Orestes, their son, felt it was his duty to kill ''her'', and so on and so forth. Also note that Ag's cousin Aegisthus has a hand in his death as the continuation of a bloodfeud between their fathers--Ag's father Atreus had [[ImAHumanitarian served up Aeg's brothers]] to their father Thyestes for having an affair with Atreus' wife. Finding a resolution to this cycle that does not involve the death of every named character is the focus of the final play.]]
* DeusExMachina: Literally, since [[spoiler:that's the only way the CycleOfRevenge is concluded.]]

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* CycleOfRevenge: [[spoiler:It It all began when [[WhatTheHellHero Agamemnon sacrificed his own daughter Iphigeneia so that the Greek army could sail out for Troy.]] He returns home after ten years of war, only to be murdered by his wife Clytemnestra. Then Orestes, their son, felt it was his duty to kill ''her'', and so on and so forth. Also note that Ag's cousin Aegisthus has a hand in his death as the continuation of a bloodfeud between their fathers--Ag's father Atreus had [[ImAHumanitarian served up Aeg's brothers]] to their father Thyestes for having an affair with Atreus' wife. Finding a resolution to this cycle that does not involve the death of every named character is the focus of the final play.]]
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* DeusExMachina: Literally, since [[spoiler:that's that's the only way the CycleOfRevenge is concluded.]]
26th Dec '15 6:26:39 PM tenryufan
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* MissingEpisode: The Oresteia would originally have been performed with a 4th comic play, ''Proteus''. It has not survived.
21st Oct '15 2:31:28 PM vifetoile
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* MortonsFork: Orestes' situation. His mother, Clytemnestra, slew his father, Agamemnon. If Orestes fails to avenge Agamemnon, then the Furies, goddesses of guilt and revenge, will pursue him to the ends of the earth. However, if Orestes murders his own mother - even if in sanctioned vengeance - the Furies will ''still'' pursue him to the ends of the earth!
8th Aug '15 8:29:42 AM Silverblade2
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* BecauseDestinySaysSo

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* Myth/ClassicalMythology

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* GreekChorus

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3rd Jun '15 3:46:29 PM DoctorCooper
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* DownerEnding: Played straight, but also subverted. In the first play of the trilogy, Clytemnestra seems to get away with Agamemnon's murder. However, the next play dealt with Orestes' vengeance against her. Of course, that is itself a big no-no, so Orestes is tormented by the Furies. The next play of the trilogy is a trial, which ends in the acquittal of Orestes, making the trilogy as a whole end on an up note. This was quite an innovation at the time, as a trilogy of plays produced for the City Dionysia were normally unrelated.

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* DownerEnding: Played straight, but also subverted.Subverted. In the first play of the trilogy, Clytemnestra seems to get away with Agamemnon's murder. However, the next play dealt with Orestes' vengeance against her. Of course, that is itself a big no-no, so Orestes is tormented by the Furies. The next play of the trilogy is a trial, which ends in the acquittal of Orestes, making the trilogy as a whole end on an up note. This was quite an innovation at the time, as a trilogy of plays produced for the City Dionysia were normally unrelated.
20th May '15 6:53:19 AM ZarbiNerada
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* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Tantalides are a ''mess''.
4th May '15 11:59:29 AM nombretomado
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3rd Aug '14 5:21:11 PM vifetoile
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* CassandraTruth: Agamemnon features the actual Cassandra, who tells the Greek Chorus that she's going to die by Clytemnestra's hand, but they don't seem to understand her.

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* CassandraTruth: Agamemnon features the actual Cassandra, a princess of Troy and now Agamemnon's prize of war, who tells the Greek Chorus that she's going to die by Clytemnestra's hand, but they don't seem to understand her.
3rd Aug '13 3:53:10 PM karstovich2
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* CycleOfRevenge: [[spoiler:It all began when [[WhatTheHellHero Agamemnon sacrificed his own daughter Iphigeneia so that the Greek army could sail out for Troy.]] He returns home after ten years of war, only to be murdered by his wife Clytemnestra. Then Orestes, their son, felt it was his duty to kill ''her'', and so on and so forth. Also note that Ag's cousin Aegisthus has a hand in his death as the continuation of a bloodfeud between their fathers--Ag's father Atreus had served up Aeg's brothers to their father Thyestes for having an affair with Atreus' wife. Finding a resolution to this cycle that does not involve the death of every named character is the focus of the final play.]]

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* CycleOfRevenge: [[spoiler:It all began when [[WhatTheHellHero Agamemnon sacrificed his own daughter Iphigeneia so that the Greek army could sail out for Troy.]] He returns home after ten years of war, only to be murdered by his wife Clytemnestra. Then Orestes, their son, felt it was his duty to kill ''her'', and so on and so forth. Also note that Ag's cousin Aegisthus has a hand in his death as the continuation of a bloodfeud between their fathers--Ag's father Atreus had [[ImAHumanitarian served up Aeg's brothers brothers]] to their father Thyestes for having an affair with Atreus' wife. Finding a resolution to this cycle that does not involve the death of every named character is the focus of the final play.]]
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