Although none of his extant plays are based on either the Iliad or the Odyssey, Aeschylus said that they were all “slices from the great banquet of Homer,” and this claim is nowhere more evident than in the Oresteia, the trilogy which dramatizes fateful episodes in the lives of Agamemnon, Clytaemestra, Cassandra, Orestes and Electra. As if that were not enough, the drama also celebrates the origin of democratic institutions in the city-state of Athens. We will read all three plays in this essential masterpiece of dramatic poetry.
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INSTRUCTOR: Lillian Corti has a degree in Italian and French from Brooklyn College and a doctorate in Comparative Literature at the City University of New York. She taught Italian at the Foreign Language Institute in New York and taught literature in translation at Tulsa University, the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and in Macerata, Italy for a Study Abroad program.
REQUIRED BOOK: Aeschylus, Oresteia, trans. Richmond Lattimore, University of Chicago Press, 1952.ISBN: 9780199537815.
OPTIONAL BOOK: Aristotle, On Poetry and Poetics, trans. Grube, Bobbs-Merrill, New York, 1958.