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Orestes Sightings

  • The Oresteia by Aeschylus 459BC

    In this tragic trilogy, Agamemnon's murder sets off a horrific chain of events. First, Agamemnon makes it home from the war, but gets murdered in a bathtub by his wife, Clytemnestra. Second, Orestes, Agamemnon's son, returns home, and with the encouragement of his sister, Electra, avenges his father's death by killing Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus. Finally, the Furies plague Orestes for killing his mother, but the cycle of violence is put to rest in a trial hosted by Athena. Whew.

  • Iphigenia in Tauris by Euripides 415BC - 413BC

    In this tragedy, Orestes and Pylades go on a quest to rescue a statue of Artemis, and find out that Iphigenia is alive and working as a priestess of Artemis.

  • Electra by Euripides 411BC - 421BC

    Check out Euripides' take on Orestes murdering his mother.

  • Electra by Sophocles 411BC

    Aaaaaand here's yet another version of the most famous matricide of all times.

  • Orestes by Euripides 409BC

    Orestes and Electra are sentenced to death by Menelaus for killing Clytemnestra in this tragedy.

  • Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides 409BC - 407BC

    Orestes appears as a baby in Clytemnestra's arms in this tragedy that tells the tale of Agamemnon deciding to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia.

  • The Flies by Jean-Paul Sartre 1943

    Orestes gets existential in this modern play that re-imagines the classic Greek takes on the myth.

  • These Seven Sicknesses by Sean Graney 2012

    In this modernized marathon of all of Sophocles' extant plays, Orestes and Electra get pretty friendly with each other as they plot to kill Clytemnestra.

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