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The most profitable playwrights of old Greece, Aeschylus wrote approximately ninety performs, yet at the present time simply 7 live to tell the tale. Credited with introducing a moment actor onstage, his performs retell the battles, victories, and social ramifications of existence within the golden days of Athens. those performs are 2,500 years previous and nonetheless played, for they converse on to the human psyche.
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Extra resources for Agamemnon, The Choephori, The Eumenides (Cliffs Notes)
They call on the spirit of Night, their mother, to witness Apollo's efforts to hinder them in the pursuit of their duties. They say that their function was given to them at the very dawn of time, and they are implacable in carrying it out. They are feared by all men. Even the gods cannot interfere with the Furies, for their role was assigned them by Destiny. Commentary The ancient conception of justice represented by the Furies is explained in this ode. They stand for the primitive lex talionis, or law of retaliation--the criminal is punished by being made the victim of the same crime he committed ("an eye for an eye"), and the ties of blood kinship are the most sacred of human bonds.
New York, 1960. SHEPPARD, J. T. Aeschylus and Sophocles: Their Work and Influence. New York, 1927.
They are tied because the case is too hard for human beings to judge. There is justice on both sides--neither the ties of kinship nor the requirements of authority and the social order can be denied. Athene casts the deciding vote as the first step in the establishment of a new and greater social and moral order in which the desirable elements of the views represented by the Furies and the Olympian gods are combined. It is interesting to note that Athene's reason for voting to acquit Orestes is morally irrelevant to the issue on trial, a final reminder that there can be no arbitrary solutions to moral problems.