By Robert J. Milch
Essentially the most profitable playwrights of old Greece, Aeschylus wrote approximately ninety performs, yet this day in basic terms 7 live on. Credited with introducing a moment actor onstage, his performs retell the battles, victories, and social ramifications of lifestyles within the golden days of Athens. those performs are 2,500 years previous and nonetheless played, for they converse on to the human psyche.
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The Delphic oracle was notorious for having made some serious mistakes in political matters, most particularly when it opposed resistance to the Persian invasion. The jurors are bound to wonder whether Apollo's morality may not be as subject to error as his politics. In his second speech, Apollo attacks Clytaemestra for killing Agamemnon by treachery, but Orestes killed Clytaemestra by treachery also and did so in accordance with Apollo's own command. In addition, Apollo implies that there is no difference between matricide and any other form of murder, a view that would probably offend the jurors.
Is the concept of lex talionis also found in the Bible? 27. What are the two conceptions of justice that are opposed at the trial of Orestes? By whom are they represented? Why does Athene establish a new court for the trial? Why is Orestes eventually acquitted on grounds that are irrelevant to the case? 28. How does Athene placate the Furies after the acquittal of Orestes? What is the meaning of their new name? What moral principles upheld by them will be maintained in the new social order? 29.
He says that poetic mimesis is imitation of things as they could be, not as they are--for example, of universals and ideals--thus poetry is a more philosophical and exalted medium than history, which merely records what has actually happened. The aim of tragedy, Aristotle writes, is to bring about a "catharsis" of the spectators--to arouse in them sensations of pity and fear, and to purge them of these emotions so that they leave the theater feeling cleansed and uplifted, with a heightened understanding of the ways of gods and men.