Agamemnon

Aeschylus


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Agamemnon by ancient Greek author Aeschylus is the first of the three plays within the Oresteia trilogy. It tells the story of the homecoming of Agamemnon, King of Argos, from the Trojan War. Waiting at home for him is his wife, Clytemnestra, who has been planning his murder as revenge. Firstly, for the sacrifice of their daughter, Iphigenia who was killed to appease the gods so that they would restore the winds allowing the Greek fleet to sail to Troy. And secondly for Agamemnon's taking of Cassandra as his concubine.

Furthermore, in the ten years of Agamemnon's absence, Clytemnestra has entered into an adulterous relationship with Aegisthus, Agamemnon's cousin and the scion of a dispossessed branch of the family, who is determined to regain the throne he believes should rightfully belong to him.

№ 1 in The Oresteia Trilogy.

Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.

Part of the Harvard Classics set.

This book has 15,192 words, 56 pages in the PDF version. This translation by E. D. A. Morshead was first published in 1909.

Production notes: This ebook of Agamemnon was published by Global Grey on the 23rd February 2020, and updated on the 7th August 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Electra at the Tomb of Agamemnon' by Frederic Leighton.

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