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Websites

Theoi.com

Confused by some weird reference to some obscure god or goddess? This website is your one-stop-shop for all information on Greek mythology.

Works by Aeschylus Online

Online texts of Aeschylus's seven surviving plays.

Movie or TV Productions

Oresteia

'70s TV adaptation of Aeschylus's trilogy.

Agamemnon, 1975

It's Belgian.

Twelve Monkeys

This movie doesn't really have anything to do with Aeschylus's Agamemnon, but it does prominently feature characters suffering from (or so it seems) a "Cassandra Complex." This means that they think that they can predict the future, but no one believes them. Whether the Aeschylus connection is there or not, we at Shmoop recommend it: it's an awesome movie.

Time Bandits

Agamemnon (played by Sean Connery) has a bit part in this time travel adventure. This movie doesn't really have anything to do with Aeschylus's play either.

Historical Documents

Fragment of a Lost Play by Aeschylus
This papyrus fragment is from a "satyr play" by Aeschylus, entitled the Dictyulci, or "Net-pullers." A satyr play is a comic play, which a chorus made up of satyrs – weird little half man half goat dudes. Traditionally, every year, a tragedian would write one tragic trilogy and a satyr play to accompany it.

Images

Bust of Aeschylus

This is a bust of Aeschylus. Chances are it was not done from life, but it can give you some idea of what ancient people after Aeschylus imagined that he looked like.

Mask of Agamemnon

This gold funerary mask was found at the ancient site of Mycenae by the German archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann (same dude that discovered Troy) in 1876. For no good scientific reason –other than that he thought it was cool – Schliemann decided to name it "The Mask of Agamemnon." So, there's really no historical connection between this mask and the Agamemnon who is the hero of our play. (Anyway, Aeschylus's version places Agamemnon in Argos, not Mycenae, remember?) That said, it's a pretty awesome mask, and could definitely be said to convey something of Agamemnon's character. What do you think?

Triptych by Francis Bacon

The twentieth century Irish-born English painter Francis Bacon painted a famous "Triptych" based on Aeschylus's Oresteia. Who or what do you think this painting represents?

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