• The case against Orestes is strong.
  • The Oresteia (Tony Harrison), BFI, 23 June 2012
  • Persia 29: The "Oresteia" of Aeschylus

The character of Orestes is somewhat down-played in The Eumenides and in fact his role is far less significant than that of Apollo....

The Oresteia is the only surviving trilogy of Ancient Greek Tragedy

the Parthenon and the Oresteia.

The statue of Athena Parthenos was to be constructed, not of bronze, but of gold and ivory....
The Golden Ivoty Statue of Athena - A statue ten metres high which stood inside the Parthenon. The interior was of wood and the naked parts made of ivory. The dress and the helmet were made of hammered plates of gold which could be removed. The statue which represented the goddess Athena, armed and holding a two- metre high ivory statue of Nike (Victory) in her right hand, was lost during the first years of the Byzantine period. Our knowledge of its existence comes from ancient sources and the traveller Pausanias' detailed descriptions (2nd century AD). Valuable information about the statue has been obtained also from the copies found, of which the most famous is the Varvakeion Athena.

Thebes in 467, the Oresteia trilogy ..


The Parthenon - The Parthenon is the unique masterpiece of the world. You will realise it yourself the moment you stand in front of it and learn a little of its history and the secrets of its construction. The beauty, harmony and grace of this monument make a really lasting impression on everyone who sees it. Today admission to the Parthenon is prohibited due to the restoration work that has been taking place there since 1983. This will not prevent you from admiring this unique temple dedicated to the goddess Athena and built of white marble from Penteli. Under the Parthenon of the Classical times there are remains of the monumental Ur-Parthenon, an Archaic temple dated in the late 6th century B.C. The architects of the Classical temple, which was constructed and decorated between 447 and 432 B.C. during the Golden Age of Perikles, were Iktinos and Kallikrates. The Parthenon housed the golden-ivory statue of Athena, work of the famous sculptor Pheidias. This statue was the final destination of the Great Panathenaea procession, depicted on the frieze of the temple.

 

Among these are the Parthenon and the Oresteia


The Areios Pagos - It is the most ancient court of law, a place much respected in ancient times. Here was the seat of the first aristocratic parliament of ancient Athens. In time this parliament started to lose its political power and from the second half of the 5th century BC it had only judicial responsibility and particularly that of trying murderers. In this court, as is described in Oresteia, Orestes was judged for the murder of his mother Clytaemnestra and her lover Aegisthos. It was from this spot, as we learn from the bronze tablet at the base of the rock, that saint Paul delivered his first sermon to the Athenians, in AD 51.


The Parthenon took the Greeks approximately fifteen years to complete and as Pericles stated, it was built to give gratitude to their goddess Athena for the salvation of their city, Athens and all of Greece in the Persian Wars (Sayre 60).


Orestes arrives at the Parthenon in Athens, pursued by Furies .

The Panathenea Feast - Every year ancient Athenians celebrated the Mikra Panathenaea (lesser), and every four years the Megala Panathenaea (Great), which were more magnificent still and which included contests in equestrian skill, athletics, music and other arts. On the last day a procession started from Kerameikos, passed through the Agora and climbed to the Acropolis to offer Athena her so called peplos (vestment). In those days it was customary to dress statues in real clothes. Thus the peplos of the goddess was in fact a real woollen dress, hand-woven by a priestess and the young virgin girls who helped her. It was placed as a sail on the mast of a big wooden vessel and was brought to the Acropolis. The whole procession followed the ship. This is the procession sculpted on the frieze of the Parthenon.

as described in the Oresteia and the Odyssey

However, the light and darkness are often presented symbolically throughout the trilogy and often appear as pairs, which are constantly at odds with each other like Clytaemnestra versus Orestes and Apollo verses the Furies....

Apr 03, 2017 · Women in the Oresteia; ..

In this first installment of The Oresteia, the chorus of Argive elders expresses keen outrage at the killing of Agamemnon, which suggests that they equate savagery with the madness they see in Clytemnestra: “just as your mind is maddened by the bloody deed, the blood-fleck in your eyes is clear to see” (1426-1427)....

Aeschylus produces "the Oresteia" trilogy of tragedies ..

Stanford, “Introduction: The Serpent and the Eagle” It is without fail that throughout Aeschylus’ trilogy, The Oresteia, the presence of light and dark can be found in the characters, the plot and the themes.