History World Civilizations to
Write a 2-3
or page paper on the following topic:
Aeschylus’ trilogy, The Oresteia, depicts a problem within
the House of Atreus that also intertwined closely with events beyond ‘the
house’. The three combined plays also
eventually present at least the makings of a solution to that problem, and in
that respect they may represent at least some degree of institutional
advancement toward greater justice for human beings in complex historical
The question for your paper is in three parts. First, as
presented in The Oresteia, what was
the problem within the House of Atreus, and how did it intertwine with and
reflect events (even if some may be legendary and not established as fact) on
the larger societal and historical stage?
Second, explain what was the eventual solution to the problem within the
house of Atreus. Third, are you
confident in the way the problem was resolved by the end of the trilogy? Why or why not? Was the problem of the House of Atreus
something inherent in human nature or was it something produced by the type of
society and conflict that characterized the Mycenean world?
It will be best if you show that you are staying close to
the text of the trilogy. Do this through
careful exposition of the ‘problem’ and its intertwinings with the world beyond,
supported by carefully selected and brief quotations. Write carefully and
For part three, be sure to refer to specific historical
examples, arguments and ideas from the course.
Avoid simplistic and historically unfounded opinions.
Be sure to cite the titles and page numbers of the texts and
quotations you use. You can do this in
parentheses within the text, or use footnotes, which is preferable. For The
Oresteia itself, provide either the webpage address or the name of the
press, the translator and the date of publication, along with all appropriate
page numbers, whether those are pdf pages or from a hard copy text. In using
any other text from the course, put in the name of the text and the page
number, and in using lecture or discussion material, do your best to provide
the date for that material.
The paper should be
double-spaced, with normal margins and 12 point font. It must have a title