Study Guide

Libation Bearers Characters

By Aeschylus

Orestes

Even for a guy who's got an entire tragic trilogy (the Oresteia) named after him, Orestes is one...

Electra

Electra disappears before the half-way mark in Libation Bearers, never to be seen again. From the...

Clytemnestra

To really see Clytemnestra in her element, you should turn to Agamemnon, the first play in...

Chorus

Unlike the Chorus in Agamemnon, the first part of the Oresteia trilogy, who were a bunch of...

Aegisthus

Aegisthus is Clytemnestra's new lover. We met him at the end of Agamemnon, where he almost got...

Pylades

Pylades was the son of Strophius the Phocian, Orestes's foster father. He is deeply devoted to...

Nurse

The Nurse only appears briefly. She tells us embarrassing stories about Orestes as a baby, and...

Doorman

The doorman is in charge of manning the door of the palace in Argos. Apparently he is slow in...

House-Slave

The House-Slave runs out of the house to announce that Aegisthus has been killed. That's about it.

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