Third part of the {{tragedy}} trilogy ''Theatre/TheOresteia'', written by Creator/{{Aeschylus}}.

Still feeling guilty for [[Theatre/TheLibationBearers his motherís murder]], and still being pursued by the Erinyes, Orestes takes refuge in Apolloís temple at Delphi, who promises to protect him and tells him to appeal to Athena for help. Meanwhile, the ghost of Clytemnestra urges the Furies to continue searching for her son and they eventually find him.

At that moment, Athena intervenes and decides to settle the whole thing on a judgment, with Apollo acting as Orestesí attorney, the Erinyes defending the ghost and Athena and others as the jury. Just as Athena predicted, it results in a tie, after which Orestes is acquitted, something the Erinyes have to accept eventually.

After this play there was originally a SatyrPlay called ''Proteus'', but save for a few fragments, it has not survived until today.
!!''Eumenides'' provides examples of:

* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Athena, who was herself born with only a male parent (she popped out of Zeus' forehead, remember?), argues that women don't really count as kin to their offspring, as they just "nourish the seed" provided by men.
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* GreekChorus: The Eumenides who, in fact, are the same Erinyes of the previous play.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Orestesí defense.
* ImpliedDeathThreat: Athena persuades the Furies to back down off of Orestes by pointing out that showing mercy and favoring justice instead of vengeance would lead to them being honored and beloved by the people--oh and also, she has the keys to the storehouse where Zeus keeps his thunderbolts.
* KarmaHoudini: Not Orestes, curiously, since he has a [[HeroicBSOD BSOD]] and is being followed by the Erinyes, but rather Electra, who convinced Orestes of doing the killing. Of course, since Orestes was acquitted, you could argue that the acquittal was extended to anyone involved (including Apollo, who was also guilty to a point).
* TheNoseKnows: The Erinyes find Orestes following the smell of his motherís blood on his hands.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Clytemnestraís ghost appears more like a collection of dreams or thoughts than a singular being.
* PetTheDog: Although Apollo could be a real {{Jerkass}} in other myths, here he tries to protect Orestes, who honoured his command to kill Clytemnestra.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Athena, Apollo.
%%* TheseHandsHaveKilled
* WingedHumanoid: The Erinyes.