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ΧΟΗΦΟΡΟΙ

ΤΑ ΤΟΥ ΔΡΑΜΑΤΟΣ ΠΡΟΣΩΠΑ

  • ΟΡΕΣΤΗΣ
  • ΠΥΛΑΔΗΣ
  • ΧΟΡΟΣ ΓΡΑΩΝ ΘΕΡΑΠΑΙΝΩΝ
  • ΗΛΕΚΤΡΑ
  • ΘΥΡΩΡΟΣ
  • ΚΛΥΤΑΙΜΗΣΤΡΑ
  • ΚΙΛΙΣΣΑ, τροφὸς Ὀρέστου
  • ΑΙΓΙΣΘΟΣ
  • ΟΙΚΕΤΗΣ
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Libation-Bearers

Libation-bearers

Characters of the Play

  • ORESTES, son of Agamemnon
  • PYLADES, his foster-brother, son of Strophius the Phocian
  • CHORUS of elderly serving-women of the palace
  • ELECTRA, Orestes’ sister
  • DOORKEEPER of the palace
  • CLYTAEMESTRA
  • CILISSA, formerly Orestes’ nurse
  • AEGISTHUS
  • A SERVANT

Scene: At first, at the tomb of Agamemnon, close to his former palace, now the residence of Clytaemestra and Aegisthus; later the tomb gradually ceases to be noticed and the action is centred on the palace.

Enter orestes and pylades, dressed as travellers. orestes approaches his father’s tomb (represented by the central altar-mound), holding in his hand a lock of his hair. The first part of the prologue has been lost from the only manuscript (whose surviving text begins at the moment when Orestes first sees a group of women approaching),
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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.aeschylus-oresteia_libation_bearers.2009