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Aeschylus wrote more than seventy plays, of which seven have survived: The Suppliants, The Persians, Seven Against Thebes, Prometheus Bound, Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Eumenides. All are translated for Penguin Classics. He visited Syracuse more than once at the invitation of Hieron I and he died at Gela in Sicily in 456 . Aeschylus was recognized as a classic writer soon after his death, and special privileges were decreed for his plays. ROBERT FAGLES is Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Comparative Literature, Emeritus, at Princeton University.
Before the palace of AGAMEMNON in Argos
Before the palace of AGAMEMNON in Argos. In front of the palace there are statues of the gods, and altars prepared for sacrifice. Let my loud summons ring within the ears Of Agamemnon's queen, that she anon Start from her couch and with a shrill voice cry A joyous welcome to the beacon-blaze, For Ilion's fall; such fiery message gleams From yon high flame; and I, before the rest, Will foot the lightsome measure of our joy; For I can say, My.
Aeschylus Agamemnon, first produced in 458 BC, is the opening play in his Oresteian trilogy. Agamemnon returns home after the Trojan Wars with his concubine Cassandra and is murdered by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover, Aegisthus. The ensuing blood feud continues until the third and final play, Eumenides, when peace is finally restored to the house of the Atreidae.
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Agamemnon, translated by Anna Swanwick (1865) 1st ed. Agamemnon, translated by F. A. Paley (1870). Agamemnon, translated by E. H. Plumptre (1873). The Agamemnon of Æschylus, translated by Robert Browning (1877) 1st ed. D. Morshead (1881), 1st ed. Agamemnon, translated by Anna Swanwick (1886) 4th ed.
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