md18820739522I followed the advice of my library’s alphabetical system and went with an author instead of an individual book title this time. Aeschylus is often considered to be the father of tragedy, Greek tragedy to be more exact. He wrote some of the oldest plays on record, most of which deal with human/god relations and of course murder.

The Loeb Classical Library collection of Aeschylus plays contain 7 of these plays in two volumes. I have to say that The Aeneid was easier to imagine as a play than these. That may be because I find a narrator to be more believable than a Greek chorus. It’s one thing if he chorus is speaking a few lines here and there, but when it consists of 50 people for pages of monologue (dialogue?), it’s hard to imagine on stage.

If you’re interested in Greek mythology, these plays are pretty easy to read, but it takes a whole lot of words to express a small amount of information. They are interesting from an historical and academic perspective, but aren’t likely to be performed for a modern audience any time soon.

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