‘Agemamnon’

Written in the play Agememnon is Aeschylus’s view of the Trojan War. Aeschylus indicated that the Greek gods were basically the controllers of every occurrence. Zeus was of course the god who had ultimate power and credit over everything, although each and every god had his own power over certain things. This then left an unknown factor as to who was sovereign over what. Another important sovereignty was believed to be the furies and fate. They had an impact on the consequences you would face for a certain act. For example, when someone murdered somebody the murderer would often end up perishing himself, by a god or another human, as a punishment from fate or the furies for what he had done.

Often times the gods would deliberately use or control humans in order to get revenge on another god or person leaving the human helpless under the domain of the gods.

In the Agememnon Aeschylus also described that there were few survivors of the Trojan War as Troy was said to be completely destroyed and that during the homeward journey a Greek fleet of ships was sunk by Artemis, a Greek goddess. This in turn meant that there were very few men remaining to inherit land, take on the family name, along with help reproduce and raise the future generation of Greece.

At the end of his play Aeschylus left his readers wondering what next would happen to Greece, who will claim to be the heir to what, and who will die next. In my honest view I learned very little about the Trojan War by reading Aeschylus’s Agememnon and I found his play to be a bit soap opera related. Perhaps this is where the soap operas of toady originated from…

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