In Flaxman's drawing of the Eumenides
of Aeschylus, Orestes supplicates Apollo, whilst the Furies sleep on the threshold.
As in the conclusion to Euripides's Electra, Aeschylus's Eumenides
dramatizes the aftermath of the matricide undertaken by Orestes, and here too Apollo's punishment of Clytemnestra takes the form of a repetition of harrowing intra-familial violence.
Such a synthesis would be analogous to the one narrated in the Oresteia by which Athena's "rational" order overtakes the chthonic, irrational order of the past, allowing for the transformation of the Furies into Eumenides
Aeschylus' tragedies of The Oresteia trilogy, The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides
, will be staged in Nicosia and Paphos on July 18 and 19, while July 21 (Makarios III) and July 22 (Curium) bring us a faithful take on Oedipus.
However, unable to resign his competitive subjectivity, he condemns himself to the vengeance of the Eumenides
Euripides (480 - 406BC), pronounced like "You-rip-a-these", was a great Athenian playwright and The Eumenides
, "You-mend-a-these", is the third part of a tragedy by Aeschylus.
23) How, for example, are we to respond to the scene in the Eumenides
when the ghost of Clytemnestra upbraids the Furies for falling asleep and allowing Orestes to slip their guard outside the sanctuary of Delphi?
There is certainly a pronounced similarity between the lobster and the phantasmal flying figure suggestive of the Eumenides
, hovering to the right in Figure in Movement (1976; Fig.
11) Aeschylus, The Eumenides
, in The Oresteia, trans.
Nothing so terrible has been written since the Eumenides
of Aeschylus, and nothing in dramatic literature--not even the slaying of Agamemnon--is depicted with such awesome intensity as the murder of Duncan" (Bates 34).
For in becoming guides to the ghosts who will reward them with the stories of their lives, they resemble the gorgon-like furies of Aeschylus's Orestia, blood-revengers who become in Athens the Eumenides
, guardians of Athenian civic order.
The Oresteia: Agamemnon; The Libation Bearers; The Eumenides