When my mother's eyesight deteriorated to the point she could no longer read books, (she can, fortunately still read on her Kindle using a large font) she let me take what I wanted, so I took a lot of her books back to my home.
One of them was this collection of Greek Tragedies. I don't know if Lattimore is the best translation. I found it readable which is all I require. Someone else might suggest another translation.
Agamemnon by Aeschylus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have not read a lot of Greek plays so it took me awhile to understand what was happening. I should have read the introduction first, which would have made events clearer.
However, I'm also glad I didn't because it allowed me to arrive at my own conclusions.
For those of you who don't know, Agamemnon was Commander-in-Chief of the Greeks who fought at Troy. He sacrifices his daughter to appease Artemis. This play is one of vengeance and also intrigue.
Agamemnon comes home with Cassandra, his prize by lot. Cassandra is a prophetess who has been doomed by Apollo for refusing him. Therefore, she prophesies but is not believed.
In this play she prophecies her own doom and also Agamemnon's.
I won't tell more because some readers might not know the story as I didn't so found the development contained a couple of surprising twists.
But what one really enjoys in reading Greek plays is the form. I found that very interesting.
The dialogue carried on back and forth between a person speaking a monologue and the chorus. Soloist, Chorus, Soloist, Chorus.
This is very much how classical concerto form is structured. As a musician I recognized this. Look at Handel's Messiah. Every chorus is preceded by a soloist. Or a piano or violin concerto, it is the same form. The same is true for Opera.
Even in a Mozart Piano Sonata the melodic line starts with a "soloist", then a chorus.
So my greatest interest in this play was the form more so than the substance, since the storyline was quite simple and also told in the Odyssey.
If you don't already know the story there are some unexpected twists.
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