The Oresteia - Play 1, Part 3 (p.133-140) Summary & Analysis

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Play 1, Part 3 (p.133-140) Summary

Agamemnon appears, riding in a chariot and accompanied by a beautiful young woman, the Trojan princess Cassandra). The Leader of the Chorus speaks effusive words of welcome, praising Agamemnon for his just and righteous victory, won after much suffering. Agamemnon responds by saying he never would have found the strength to continue fighting without having the memory of his home to sustain them. He then thanks the Chorus for their welcome, speaks (as they did) of how Paris and Troy got what they deserved, and comments that "glorious [Troy] / Was, for a woman's sake, ground into dust ..." He then speaks of his plans for learning about the state of his kingdom, and his plans to rectify whatever's gone wrong in his absence.

Clytemnestra appears, speaking at length of how her life since Agamemnon's departure has been filled with loneliness for him...

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