Eumenides

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Third part of the Tragedy trilogy The Oresteia, written by Aeschylus.

Still feeling guilty for his mother’s murder, and still being pursued by the Erinyes, Orestes takes refuge in Apollo’s temple at Delphi, who tries to delay the Erinyes to find him. Meanwhile, the ghost of Clytemnestra urges them to continue searching for his son and they eventually find him.

At that moment, Athena intervenes and decides to settle the whole thing on a judgment, with Apollo acting as Orestes’ attorney, the Erinyes defending the ghost and Athena and others as the jury. Just as Athena predicted, it results in a tie, after which Orestes is acquitted, something the Erinyes have to accept eventually.

After this play there was originally a Satyr Play called Proteus, but save for a few fragments, it has not survived until today.


Tropes used in Eumenides include: