Study Guide

Orestes Sightings

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Dec 20, 2019

The Oresteia by Aeschylus

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.

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

Iphigenia in Tauris by Euripides

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.

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

Electra by Euripides

Check out Euripides' take on Orestes murdering his mother.

Dec 20, 2019

Electra by Sophocles

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

Dec 20, 2019

Orestes by Euripides

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

Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides

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

Dec 20, 2019

The Flies by Jean-Paul Sartre

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

Dec 20, 2019

These Seven Sicknesses by Sean Graney

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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