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Books 2011: 200


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200. Aeschylus, The Oresteia: Agamemnon, The Libation Bearers, The Eumenides. Penguin Classics, London, 1979. First edition 1966. Translated by Robert Fagles, with an introduction and notes in collaboration with W.B. Stanford.

The introduction is in love with its own clever enthusiasm and lit'rary analysis. (And not long on basic historical detail.) But the translation is clear and lyric, reaching to the poetic, and Fagle does a strong chorus line.

Agamemnon is the strongest of the plays, and certainly the strongest of the translations. If you're only reading one, read it. After it follow in order of decreasing power The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides, though I suspect The Eumenides would have meant much more to an Athenien audience.




200 books the year, not including re-reads. This is a record. And the year's not over yet.
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