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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $12.50
  • March 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92328-5
  • 288 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Aeschylus (Author), Joshua Billings (Editor), Oliver Taplin (Translator)


“This vivid and accessible translation captures the drama of Aeschylus’ poetry and the excitement of the action in performance.” —VICTORIA WOHL, University of Toronto

“This critical edition provides a lavish and fulsome picture of ancient Greek tragedy’s most significant surviving document.” —JOHANNA HANINK, Brown University

Ranked #2 Translation of 2018 by Open Letters Review

This Norton Critical Edition includes:         

  • Oliver Taplin’s new translation of the fifth-century B.C.E. Greek tragedy—a trilogy of revenge and murder within the royal family of Argos—with explanatory annotations by the editors.       
  • Ancient backgrounds and responses from Homer, Stesichorus, Pindar, Euripides, and Sophocles. ·        
  • Fourteen wide-ranging critical essays on the Oresteia, from G. W. F. Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche to Oliver Taplin and Peter Wilson.     
  • A Glossary of Technical Terms and Proper Names and a Selected Bibliography.

About the Series  

Read by more than 12 million students over fifty-five years, Norton Critical Editions set the standard for apparatus that is right for undergraduate readers. The three-part format—annotated text, contexts, and criticism—helps students to better understand, analyze, and appreciate the literature, while opening a wide range of teaching possibilities for instructors. Whether in print or in digital format, Norton Critical Editions provide all the resources students need.


New Translation

Oliver Taplin's translation of this trilogy—here titled "Agamemnon," "Women at the Graveside," and "Orestes at Athens"—is only available in this edition. 

Supporting Materials

· Map of places relevant to the plot
· Translator's note
· Note on the text and sequence of the trial scene
· Five images of vase paintings depicting characters and scenes from the play
· Glossary of terms and names 

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