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- Full Title: Agamemnon
- Where Written: Greece
- When Published: c. 458 BCE
- Literary Period: Classical Greek
- Genre: Tragic Drama
- Setting: The city of Argos, Greece, outside of the royal house of Atreus
- Climax: When Clytemnestra murders Agamemnon
- Antagonist: Clytemnestra
Extra Credit for Agamemnon
Ancient Greek Staging. At the time Agamemnon was originally staged, it would have been performed in a huge amphitheater. The actors would have worn character masks so that the huge audience could distinguish whom each performer represented. The Chorus would have been comprised of a large number of men, and most of that role’s text would have been chanted or sung. In Ancient Greek stagings, violence never occurred onstage, so Agamemnon and Cassandra’s bodies would have been revealed after their deaths on a special rolling platform called an ekkyklema.
Civil War Adaptation. Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra is a three-part trilogy based on The Oresteia. The first play in the trilogy, The Homecoming, is an adaptation of Agamemnon, and focuses on the wife of a Civil War general, who exacts revenge on him when he returns from the Civil War.