The Oresteia

Agamemnon, Women at the Graveside, Orestes in Athens

27 November 2018

Aeschylus (Author), Oliver Taplin (Translator)


This spellbinding, ground-breaking translation reenergises Aeschylus’ enduring saga of split loyalties, bloody sacrifice and the efforts to bring peace after generations of strife.

One of the foundational texts of Western literature, the Oresteia trilogy is about cycles of deception and brutality within the ruling family of Argos. In Agamemnon, queen Clytemnestra awaits her husband’s return from war to commit a terrible act of retribution. The next plays, radically retitled here as The Women at the Graveside and Orestes in Athens, deal with the aftermath of the regicide, Orestes’ search to avenge his father’s death and his ceaseless torment. A powerful discourse on the formation of democracy, The Oresteia illuminates the tensions between loyalty to one’s family and to the community. In this classic for future generations, Oliver Taplin captures the lyricism of the original.


"... this brilliant Taplin version reads like a working stage-script, making a foundational work of Western drama feel completely urgent and unpredictable." — The Best Books of 2018: Works in Translation!, Open Letters Review

"Oliver Taplin's new translation of Aeschylus' Oresteia is a gripping version of one of the most celebrated works of Greek literature... This is a bold, striking and accessible translation... Clear and poetic at the same time, Taplin's language maintains the grandeur of Aeschylus' verse without sacrificing intelligibility to a contemporary ear." — Times Literary Supplement



147 x 218 mm • 224 pages


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