Greek tragedy began with Aeschylus, and his trilogy “Oresteia” is the only one we have. We start with reviewing the beginning of tragedy in Greece as we discover what happens to veterans who return home when a war is over, in this case the Trojan War. The victorious general Agamemnon brings a prophetic mistress home and walks on a red carpet to his doom at the hands of his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus. But finally the blood-feud in The House of Atreus ends with a trial by jury and the wisdom of Athena. Her bird is the owl, symbol of WISE.
GROUP LEADER: Steve White majored in English at Brown University and has an M.A. in English from Berkeley, California. He did summer work at the Breadloaf School of English and at Oxford. He taught Greek Drama at The Bancroft School in Worcester.
REQUIRED BOOK: Aeschylus 1 “Oresteia,” translated by Richmond Lattimore (any edition).
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