CliffsNotes Agamemnon, The Choephori, The Eumenides

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Categories: Education
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. | Date published: 06/01/2003


One of the most successful playwrights of ancient Greece, Aeschylus wrote nearly 90 plays, but today only 7 survive. Credited with introducing a second actor onstage, his plays retell the battles, victories, and social ramifications of life in the golden days of Athens. These plays are 2,500 years old and still performed, for they speak directly to the human psyche. Milch has a lot of ground to cover, versus those Cliffs Notes which are devoted to a single work, but the strength of this volume is in setting up the specific elements of a Greek play and following through on it in the Summary/Commentary section. No matter what Greek tragedies you might be teaching/reading, the introductory section of Milch's books are well worth your time and lend themselves towards fascinating cookie-cutter criticism.

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