Though Aeschylus specialized in the tragic trilogy, "Oresteia" is the only surviving example by an ancient playwright. A form that was not picked up by his successors, the trilogy traditionally consists of three connected tragedies followed by a satyr play. ("Proteus", the satyr play in this work, is lost.) "Oresteia" follows the life of Agamemnon from the end of the Trojan War, tracing the cycle of violence that plagues his family. After Atreus, Agamemnon's father, fools his brother Thyestes into eating his own children, revenge is exacted by Aegisthus, Thyestes' son, who kills Agamemnon after taking his wife as a lover. Agamemnon's son Orestes then avenges his father's death by killing both Aegisthus and his own mother. Orestes then becomes the object of revenge himself, set upon by the Furies at the orders of his mother's ghost. Only Athena can stop the bloodshed by holding a trial that acquits Orestes and eventually placates the Furies.
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