I begin this review with the above quote because this is an Austen centric blog, and, as such, all things must come back to that lady and her novels - even Greek tragedy. My regular readers might be wondering (very reasonably) where I can possibly find a connection between the great authoress and the only complete trilogy we have from the Golden Age of Athens (roughly 480 to 404 B.C.E.). Quite frankly, the main similarity lies in my own education and interests. I hold two bachelor of arts degrees: the first, not surprisingly, is in English, my focus having been 19th century literature, and the second in Classical Civilization, particularly Greek tragedy. I absolutely adore theater, in all its forms, so it is logical that I would find its origins of particular interest. One of the greatest days of my life was my 23rd birthday, when I finally stood beside the ruins of the Theater of Dionysus, located on the southern slope of the Acropolis, where these plays were originally performed. Studying in Athens was the culmination of a lifelong dream, and this was its highlight. So when The Classics Circuit announced an Ancient Greeks tour, I could not resist signing up to review The Oresteia, one of my most favorite texts in the world.
|Orestes killing Clytemnestra|
|Actors would all be masked and male|
|The so-called Mask of Agamemnon|
|The Trial of Orestes|