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Atreids In Fragments (And Elsewhere)

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There is no evidence that any tragedian dramatized the family disasters before Aeschylus in his undated Iphigenia and his Oresteia of 458 bc. After Aeschylus' Oresteia almost all dramatic treatments of the Atreids, and literary allusions to them, reflect it in some way. Apart from his Electra, Sophocles wrote an astonishing number of plays about the Pelopids and Atreids, all of them now undatable. This chapter invites through its title alone recognition of Martin's work in two large fields; and in content it offers a variety of fragments and literary echoes from a myth made lastingly popular by 5th-century Tragedy. It deals almost entirely with the Atreids and their troubled 'House', rather than their clashes with Helen, Paris and Trojans.

Keywords: Aeschylus; Atreids; Electra; family disasters; fragments; Iphigenia; Martin; Oresteia; Sophocles; tragedian



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