He mourns his own lost love and considers the fate of Iphigenia, sacrificed by her father before the Trojan War, and of Stalin’s son, abandoned by his father to die as a German POW. The ambiguity of his freedom, or lack of it, is compounded by further mysteries, such as when the cycle of violence began. Or longer ago, when Menelaus married Helen, taking a ‘lion cub’ into his house? Or was it when Atreus, Agamemnon’s father, tricked his brother into eating his own children?
The circle of revenge was broken finally by Orestes, son of Agamemnon, who killed her mother and her lover. She can no longer stomach the size of her sorrow, Electra says, but neither can the others at Aegisthus’ court. Her mother, her sister and the chorus, all want her to stop lamenting Agamemnon’s death.
His introduction gives no hint of critical distance from the trilogy’s model of civilisation, which involves the exclusion or forced compliance of those who are not elite men. Of course, it is quite easy for anyone, from any social background or identity, to replicate the same tired old vision of the same old texts. All contemporary classicists, including women, are well trained at creating stylistically thoughtless, badly written translations. Many published ancient Greek and Roman translations, by women as well as men, share a pedestrian, archaising, clunky style – regardless of the stylistic diversity of the original texts. Conversely, it is quite possible, in theory, for elderly white men to offer original ideas and fresh perspectives.
The gold sheet is beaten into a hollow mold to create the relief design. More than just a famous tourist destination, Santorini boasts a romantic scene where you can have some really memorable moments with your partner. The time when the sun sets deep down to the Aegean Sea and the sky gets these amazing orange colors is the best to enjoy a cocktail.
In ancient versions of the story the very same role is performed by a character called Pylades. So I didn’t understand why Tóibín felt it necessary to change this. If Clytemnestra’s godless world belongs to the politician, what room is there for friendship?
At the centre of the production is the lady herself, Electra. While the first-night audience was disappointingly small, the company of 13 players managed to keep the tension level high for most of the action. Although Aegisthus did not exactly have the air of a man walking off to his death, Terry Cattermole has the problem of having to make a powerful impression in a very short time when things are at their most intense.