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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (13,924 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aeschylus Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Audio Theater Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The only complete trilogy to survive from ancient Greek theater is presented here in this sound recording of all three plays: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, and The Eumenides.

In the Oresteia, Aeschylus dramatizes the myth of the curse on the royal house of Argos. Action begins when King Agamemnon returns victorious from the Trojan War but is treacherously slain by his wife. It ends with the trial of their son, Orestes, who slew his mother to avenge her treachery—a trial with the goddess Athena as judge, the god Apollo as defense attorney, and avenging demons called The Furies as prosecutors. The results of the trial change the nature of divine and human justice forever.

As was the custom in antiquity, this trilogy was accompanied by a satyr play called Proteus, a broad farce on a related theme, namely, the encounter between Agamemnon’s brother, Menelaus, with the slippery Old Man of the Sea. This play is lost, but Blackstone has included verses from The Odyssey, which inspired it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The greatest achievement of the human mind.”

    Algernon Charles Swinburne

  • “Although these Greek plays are twenty-five centuries old, this production is, remarkably, the first audio release to include the complete trilogy…It features a fine performance by Robertson Dean.”


  • The Oresteia is perhaps the most unusual tragedy in the theater of the West and certainly one of the very greatest.”

    David Grene, University of Chicago scholar and noted translator of ancient Greek texts

  • “In their day, these poetic, highly stylized tragedies were chanted rather than acted…Thus they work particularly well in audio format. This production makes the most of modern technology to create haunting choral effects. The individual actors are all well-cast, and their performances are evenly balanced.”


  • “The Oresteia is not merely a magnificent work, it is one of the supreme achievements of classical culture…the Oresteia is splendid, and as a depiction of the cumulative power of evil it is unsurpassed.”

    Masterpieces of World Literature

  • “In this terrifying masterpiece of his last years, Aeschylus passed through tragedy and out onto the other side: to a Divine Comedy of the stage.”

    Reader’s Encyclopedia of World Drama

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Draven | 2/8/2014

    " Read for a classics lit class, not for everyone, but as a mythology buff, I loved it. Oh the drama!! LOL Nobody does twisted quite like the Greeks! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patrick\ | 2/6/2014

    " How did these ever survive the destruction of literature in the Dark Age? Not quite suitable for Broadway, but fascinating reads if read through first silently, then again aloud, singsongy like. Fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jana | 1/30/2014

    " The Oresteia: The very dysfunctional & doomed house of Atreus. "Woe is they." Agememnon, Clytemnestra, Orestes, Electra, Cassandra, et al. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jai | 1/23/2014

    " Good ol' Greek tragedies. The gods always win. "

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