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The Oresteia - Agammemnon

This is part 1 of The Oresteia, a trilogy of tragedies by Greek playwright Aeschylus. I’d read the play several times, and seen it performed once or twice, but watching this staging of the play completely changed my perception of Aeschylus tragedy. 98 more words

A Gentle Master: Aeschylus, Agamemnon 951-3

“God, far away, looks kindly on one who exercises his strength gently. No one, indeed, willingly bears the yoke of slavery.”


“God far away looks kindly on,

a gently-ruling king.”
τὸν κρατοῦντα μαλθακῶς
θεὸς πρόσωθεν εὐμενῶς προσδέρκεται.
ἑκὼν γὰρ οὐδεὶς δουλίῳ χρῆται ζυγῷ.


A Greek Motto for the Indolent: Aeschylus, Agamemnon 902

“It is a pleasing thing to escape from all necessity.”

τερπνὸν δὲ τἀναγκαῖον ἐκφυγεῖν ἅπαν


Aeschylus, Agamemnon 832-3

“This is a rare trait among mortals, to reverence a friend’s happiness without spiteful envy.”
παύροις γὰρ ἀνδρῶν ἐστι συγγενὲς τόδε,
φίλον τὸν εὐτυχοῦντ᾽ ἄνευ φθόνου σέβειν.


Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

I’m not so certain that I want to be king of Scotland anymore.

After reading The Tragedy of Macbeth with my students, I am having a difficult time shaking off a sense that life is meaningless when worldly ambition is the governing principle. 1,020 more words

Classical Education

Aeschylus, Agamemnon 788-9

“Many mortals transgress the bounds of justice and in its stead esteem illusion.”

πολλοὶ δὲ βροτῶν τὸ δοκεῖν εἶναι

προτίουσι δίκην παραβάντες.


The Tragic Vision and its Discontents

Endure what life God gives and ask no longer span;
Cease to remember the delights of youth, travel-wearied aged man;
Delight becomes death-longing if all longing else be vain.

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