The Agamemnon of Æschylus
Translated from Æschylus by the Earl of Carnarvon
John Murray, London, 1879.
Hardback; 135 x 190 mm; red decorative boards with gold titles on spine and front cover; xx & 96 pages plus 32 pages of other books published by Mr Murray. No dust jacket.
The book is in fair condition. The binding is generally sound though the book is slightly cocked and there is cracking along the gutter between the front endpapers. The covers are worn, particularly at the bottom, and the spine is a little faded. Page end tanning. Some pencil and ink annotations on the verso of the front free endpaper and the fly title. A little tanning and foxing internally. A little pencil sidelining here and there with marginalia page 19.
Agamemnon is the first of the three linked tragedies which make up The Oresteia trilogy by the ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus, followed by The Libation Bearers and The Eumenides. The trilogy as a whole, originally performed at the annual Dionysia festival in Athens in 458 BC, where it won first prize, is considered to be Aeschylus’ last authenticated, and also his greatest, work. Agamemnon describes the homecoming of Agamemnon, king of Argos, from the Trojan War, and his return to his wife, Clytemnestra, who had been planning his murder (in concert with her lover, Aegisthus) as revenge for Agamemnon’s earlier sacrifice of their daughter, Iphigenia. This edition was translated by Henry Howard M Herbert, the 4th earl of Carnarvon.