Tragedy Reading Group Video: Book Discussion on Agamemnon, with Norman Sandridge
|July 11, 2014||Filled under Video Dialogue||
Greek Tragedy: Oresteia
~ A guest blog by Kimie McIvor ~
I was looking for a book mate (or two, or three or more) to read Greek tragedy together, and decided to review Aeschylus’ Oresteia to start. We read this already during Hours 16–17, in the HeroesX project, so it is a review and also a new discovery. After the initial discussion we decided to start with Agamemnon, and have started discussions via Google+ Hangout and in the Hour 25 Forums and Project Chatroom.
We recently had a live event, during which we were pleased to welcome a guest, classicist Professor Norman Sandridge.
The discussion included topics such as:
- the Erinyes and the cycle of revenge in the Oresteia
- the complex challenges Agamemnon faces as a leader
- a comparison of Agamemnon in Iliad and in Aeschylus’ tragedy
- Agamemnon’s attitude to risk
We also followed up on the question Professor Sandridge had posed to the community during a discussion with Claudia Filos: why does Agamemnon refuse the ransom of Chryses? You can view that video discussion here, and read the forum discussions on the subject here.
Look out for another live book discussion on the Oresteia next week.
Selected references mentioned during the video:
NPR article (with references to the scholars working on the topic) on power and risk-taking:
If you wish to comment on any of the topics discussed, members of the community can continue the discussion in the Forums, for example in one of the ongoing threads on the Oresteia: Aeschylus’ Oresteia, Part 3.
Picture credit: Detail from Menelaus Supporting Patroclus 4, by Mary Harrsch, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0