Beyond Death in the Oresteia

Beyond Death in the Oresteia

singing of a factual situation in which Agamemnon is honored in the afterlife (“youaredear”) despite his ignominious death and dishonored funeral? Or are they wishing for the honor that is currently lacking (“you would be dear”) and ...

Author: Amit Shilo

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108961936

Category: History

Page: 261

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The Oresteia is permeated with depictions of the afterlife, which have never been examined together. In this book, Amit Shilo analyzes their intertwined and conflicting implications. He argues for a 'poetics of multiplicity' and a 'poetics of the beyond' that inform the ongoing debates over justice, fate, ethics, and politics in the trilogy. The book presents novel, textually grounded readings of Cassandra's fate, Clytemnestra's ghost scene, mourning ritual, hero cult, and punishment by Hades. It offers a fresh perspective on the political thought of the trilogy by contrasting the ethical focus of the Erinyes and Hades with Athena's insistence on divine unity and warfare. Shedding new light on the trilogy as a whole, this book is crucial reading for students and scholars of classical literature and religion.
Categories: History

Beyond Death in the Oresteia

Beyond Death in the Oresteia

Argues that diverse representations of the afterlife in the Oresteia require reevaluation of its fundamental ethical and political dilemmas.

Author: Amit Shilo

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108832748

Category: History

Page: 261

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Argues that diverse representations of the afterlife in the Oresteia require reevaluation of its fundamental ethical and political dilemmas.
Categories: History

Classical Reception and Children s Literature

Classical Reception and Children s Literature

Oresteia epigraph A clear signal that encourages us at least to ask the question (and for readers of the book to find ... excerpted and edited to speak about the immortality of the soul and the persistence of friendship beyond death.

Author: Owen Hodkinson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781786733290

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 352

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Reception studies have transformed the classics. Many more literary and cultural texts are now regarded as 'valid' for classical study. And within this process of widening, children's literature has in its turn emerged as being increasingly important. Books written for children now comprise one of the largest and most prominent bodies of texts to engage with the classical world, with an audience that constantly changes as it grows up. This innovative volume wrestles with that very characteristic of change which is so fundamental to children's literature, showing how significant the classics, as well as classically-inspired fiction and verse, have been in tackling the adolescent challenges posed by metamorphosis. Chapters address such themes as the use made by C S Lewis, in The Horse and his Boy, of Apuleius' The Golden Ass; how Ovidian myth frames the Narnia stories; classical 'nonsense' in Edward Lear; Pan as a powerful symbol of change in children's literature, for instance in The Wind in the Willows; the transformative power of the Orpheus myth; and how works for children have handled the teaching of the classics.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Tragedy

Tragedy

The fate that, in the Oresteia, is imposed on women by the logic of murder becomes, in the case of female suicides, ... the hero when he is laid low will deny her, condemning her beyond death to the solitude that was her lot in life.

Author: John Drakakis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317894209

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 376

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This wide-ranging and unique collection of documents on one of the most enduring of literary genres, Tragedy, offers a radical revaluation of its significance in the light of the critical attention that it has received during the past one-hundred and fifty years. The foundations of much contemporary thinking about Tragedy are to be found in the writings of Hegel, Nietzsche, and Kierkegaard; in addition, the dialectical tradition emanating from Marxism, and the psycho-analytical writings of Freud, have extended significantly the horizons of the subject. With the explosion of interest in the areas of post-structuralism, sociology of culture, social anthropology, feminism, deconstruction, and the study of ritual, new questions are being asked about this persistent artistic exploration of human experience. This book seeks to represent a full selection of these divergent interests, in a series of substantial extracts which display the continuing richness of the debate about a genre which has provoked, and challenged categorical discussion since the appearance of Aristotle's Poetics.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Tragic Ways of Killing a Woman

Tragic Ways of Killing a Woman

A just turn of events in the logic of the Oresteia , a just retribution for the death of Cassandra at Agamemnon's side ... hero when he is laid low will deny her , condemning her beyond death to the solitude that was her lot in life .

Author: Nicole Loraux

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674902262

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 120

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In ordinary life an Athenian woman was allowed no accomplishments beyond leading a quiet, exemplary existence as wife and mother. In Greek tragedy, however, women die violently and, through violence, master their fate. Through her reading of these texts, Loraux elicits an array of insights into Greek attitudes toward death, sexuality, and gender.
Categories: Literary Criticism

A Journey through the Beyond

A Journey through the Beyond

Aeschylus, Oresteia: Agamennon, Libation-Bearers, Eumenides, trans. ... Side by side with the view of life after death and reincarnation just outlined, Phaedo also contains the claim (made by Simmias) that the majority of people fear ...

Author: Silvia Zago

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 9781948488549

Category: History

Page: 496

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This volume offers the first comprehensive overview of the evolution over time of a foundational concept of the Egyptian afterlife beliefs, the Duat, or netherworld. The Duat is a complicated, multifaceted notion, which was never canonized into a single version of the beyond, but offered instead a variety of alternatives attempting to describe the metaphysical realms beyond the visible world, and beyond life. Theological speculations gave rise to a rich textual and visual repertoire, which underwent a process of evolution over thousands of years, during which newer ideas and images were constantly introduced. Through the analysis of royal and non-royal funerary texts from the late Old Kingdom to the end of the New Kingdom, this book traces the development of the conceptualization of the notion of Duat, outlining what it encompassed and where it was imagined to be located. In addition to the translation and discussion of the most significant passages of the texts analyzed, each chapter also provides an overview of the individual compositions and of the relevant theological, cosmological, and astronomical notions complementing the conceptual framework, of which the Duat formed but a part. Additionally, discussions of concurrent changes in Egyptian culture, society, and ideology are included in order to clarify the context in which afterlife beliefs and related texts evolved. An analysis of the correlation between funerary compositions and their material supports complements the study, emphasizing the Egyptians' belief in a magical synergy between texts, images, and their contexts in the activation of a suitable, effective afterlife for the recipients of the texts.
Categories: History

Aeschylus Eumenides

Aeschylus  Eumenides

As we shall see in the next chapter, Aeschylus either instituted the skênê for the Oresteia, or took it over from a ... reputation that his works received the unique privilege of new productions in dramatic competitions after his death.

Author: Robin Mitchell-Boyask

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781472519641

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 144

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The "Eumenides", the concluding drama in Aeschylus' sole surviving trilogy, the "Oresteia", is not only one of the most admired Greek tragedies, but also one of the most controversial and contested, both to specialist scholars and public intellectuals. It stands at the crux of the controversies over the relationship between the fledgling democracy of Athens and the dramas it produced during the City Dionysia, and over the representation of women in the theatre and their implied status in Athenian society. The "Eumenides" enacts the trial of Agamemnon's son Orestes, who had been ordered under the threat of punishment by the god Apollo to murder his mother Clytemnestra, who had earlier killed Agamemnon.In the "Eumenides", Orestes, hounded by the Eumenides (Furies), travels first to Delphi to obtain ritual purgation of his mother's blood, and then, at Apollo's urging, to Athens to seek the help of Athena, who then decides herself that an impartial jury of Athenians should decide the matter. Aeschylus thus presents a drama that shows a growing awareness of the importance of free will in Athenian thought through the mythologized institution of the first jury trial.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Agamemnon of Aeschylus

The Agamemnon of Aeschylus

Orestes himself would suffer after death the same dreadful fate as had befallen his murdered father. So then no real understanding of the Oresteia would be possible if the wrong done by the murderer to the murdered were conceived by us ...

Author: J. C. Lawson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316626115

Category: History

Page: 219

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Originally published in 1932, this book presents the complete Greek text of Agamemnon with an English verse translation. The text also contains a detailed editorial introduction and critical notes. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in ancient Greek literature, translations from classical works and critical editions of Agamemnon.
Categories: History

Oedipus at Colonus and King Lear Classical and Early Modern Intersections

Oedipus at Colonus and King Lear  Classical and Early Modern Intersections

The tragedian clearly displays Oedipus in his progress towards heroization after death. However, the hero in the making ... One exception is Aeschylus' famous Eumenides, the last part of his Oresteia. This trilogy has become something ...

Author: Silvia Bigliazzi

Publisher: Skenè. Texts and Studies

ISBN: 9791220061858

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 454

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The story of King Lear seems to fill in the blank space separating the end of Oedipus Tyrannus and the beginning of Oedipus at Colonus. In both Oedipus at Colonus and the latter part of King Lear we are presented with an old man who was once a King and, following his expulsion from his kingdom on account of a crime or of an error, is turned into a ‘no-thing’. This happens in the time of the division of the kingdom, which is also the time of the genesis of intraspecific conflict and, consequently, of the end of the dynasty. This collection of essays offers a range of perspectives on the many common concerns of these two plays, from the relation between fathers and sons/daughters to madness and wisdom, from sinning and suffering to ‘being’ and ‘non-being’ in human and divine time. It also offers an overarching critical frame that interrogates questions of ‘source’ and ‘reception’, probing into the possible exchangeability of perspectives in a game of mirrors that challenges ideas of origin.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Alienation and Freedom

Alienation and Freedom

Beyond the connection with Les Mains sales, literary sources for Parallel Hands include Oedipus Rex, Hamlet and Sartre's Les Mouches (which in turn draws on the Oresteia). Whilst in the last two of these, ...

Author: Frantz Fanon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474250245

Category: Philosophy

Page: 816

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Since the publication of The Wretched of the Earth in 1961, Fanon's work has been deeply significant for generations of intellectuals and activists from the 60s to the present day. Alienation and Freedom collects together unpublished works comprising around half of his entire output – which were previously inaccessible or thought to be lost. This book introduces audiences to a new Fanon, a more personal Fanon and one whose literary and psychiatric works, in particular, take centre stage. These writings provide new depth and complexity to our understanding of Fanon's entire oeuvre revealing more of his powerful thinking about identity, race and activism which remain remarkably prescient. Shedding new light on the work of a major 20th-century philosopher, this disruptive and moving work will shape how we look at the world.
Categories: Philosophy