27. The Oresteia (458 BC), part 1. Agamemnon by Aeschylus

Plot : This trilogy of plays tell the story of the curse upon the House of Atreus, from the time of the return of King Agamemnon from the Trojan War as told in Homer’s… 631 more words

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26. The Suppliants (463 BC) by Aeschylus

Plot : Two brothers, Aegyptus and Danaus, descendants of Io and Zeus, have fifty children each. Aegyptus’ fifty sons determine to carry off Danaus’ fifty daughters, who escape with their father to Argos, their ancestral home. 375 more words

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Strange tales #1 The death of Aeschylus

There is a tale that Aeschylus, my “author of the month”, died from being hit on the head by a falling tortoise. He was spending a lot of time outside due to a prophecy that he would be killed by a falling object, when an eagle flying past mistook his head for a rock and dropped the tortoise it was carrying on him to smash it open (the tortoise, not Aeschylus’ head). 33 more words

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25. Seven against Thebes (467 BC) by Aeschylus.

Plot : The curse of Oedipus descends upon his two sons, Eteocles and Polyneices, as they battle over the throne of Thebes. King Eteocles is told that the seven gates of his city are to be attacked by the seven generals of the enemy army led by Polyneices. 494 more words

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24. The Persians (472 BC) by Aeschylus.

Plot : News reaches the Persian court of their disastrous defeat at the Battle of Salamis where their army and navy have been decimated by the Athenians. 566 more words

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23. Odes of Pindar (c.476 BC)

Plot : Praise of victorious athletes in the Great Games (including the Olympian Games) due to the transformation and power granted by the Gods. My copy is again the Penguin edition (ISBN 0140442309X), this time translated by C. 270 more words

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The Classics Club list for 2016

Just found the perfect blog site : The Classics Club here at wordpress https://theclassicsclubblog.wordpress.com/

The goal is to support classics reading by posting a list (and I love lists!) of 50+ classics I intend to read and blog about in the next five years. 187 more words

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