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bibliolathas

The Agamemnon is a stunning play - really quite horrific, and all of its moral ambiguities are still very relevant. I'm looking forward to next week on Thebes - you're wallowing in gore at the moment!

litlove

I may just be going quietly round the bend here, but for some reason, this post made me think of your RIP challenge. If it weren't for all the transformations that the Greek myths incorporate, from dead to living, from near to far, from one shape or form to another, I could easily read The House of Atreus as the original haunted house story, with ghosts of ancient misdeeds demanding justice and judgement. In both cases the remainder - what remains behind after a crucial event, be it guilt or shame or anger - has to be neutralised or played out one way or another before life can continue as normal. Well, as normal as those Greek gods ever get! :-)

Stefanie

Heh, quite the family aren't they? Oedipus and the gang are quite a bunch too. Day of Our Lives have nothing on them!

Caroline

I wasn't familiar with the name Atreus until you mentioned it in your last post but I knew many of the stories. I wasn't aware there are two versions of Iphigenia's story.

Danielle

I'm looking forward to reading the plays eventually, but I might take a break from the Greeks when I finish the Hamilton--at least for a while--I have a list of books I do want to read, though, that are related. Yes, gore, cannibalism, murder--all good Greek tragedy. I had better finish well before the holidays, methinks! ;) But, I can indeed see why these stories that are still relevant and read now!

Danielle

Not at all--I think you're right--there is absolutely a certain horror about these stories that works really well with my other RIP reads. Orested does feel the need to repent (if that's the right word) for the sins of himself and his family even after he has been forgiven by the gods, hence his journey to the island of Taurians. I guess we have here an original ghost story as it were. And some people thing Stephen King is really bad... !

Danielle

You can't get much more dramatic (maybe even melodramatic) than this. I can see I am in for yet another treat with Oedipus. I'll be preparing myself this Sunday for another wild ride.

Danielle

I didn't think I knew anything about the House of Atreus either, but I guess I had not heard the stories grouped under that title before. I was reading something about Iphigenia not being sacrificed on the Wikipedia and thought for sure I had read she was killed. Then lo and behold she ends up with a happier ending. So much to keep straight now--all the stories are getting lumped one on top of another.

LauraC

I didn't know any of these stories, although many of the names were familiar. I especially liked the last story where the ending for Iphigenia was much nicer. I just love how if the Greeks later didn't care for a myth, they just came up with a new ending. Kind of like a "Choose Your Own Adventure" story. I also agree with you about stories all getting lumped together in my mind, but a few stood out to me in all of this: Cupid and Psyche and now Iphigenia's story. Oh, also Jason & Argonauts. I still have to read "The Jason Voyage."

Danielle

I was only familiar a little with the Oresteia, but not what actually happened in the story. I think nothing surprises me too much reading the myths anymore. How many more boundaries can we cross since there was cannibalism in this story...then again it is Oedipus we'll be reading about next! I guess even then they were retelling these stories and giving them happier endings. I don't feel so bad now, sometimes wanting (and needing) a good happy ending to a story. I think Cupid and Psyche is one of my favorites, too, though I've always liked Demeter and Persephone. Jason and the Argnonauts is a great adventure story. I need to go back already and skim my posts to keep the stories straight in my mind, I think.

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