Plutarch’s Parallel Lives in One Scene

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*This is also from 2015. Alcibiades was the most memorable of all of the lives our class read about. Without a doubt, unless I should die first, there will be extended comics of Alcibiades in the future.*

ALSO: If you want to read up on Alcibiades there is a FREE translation of Plutarch’s life of Alcibiades from the Loeb Classical Library HERE. Alcibiades also shows up in Thucydides History of the Pelopponesian War, but Plutarch is enough to start with.

“Agamemnon” and “Orestes” in Six Panels

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NOTE: Aeschylus was a playwright dude in Greece back in the long ago past. He is dead now. I am sorry to crush your dreams of one day meeting him, but that probably is not going to happen. Probably.

Aeschylus’ most popular trilogy is The Oresteia, which is about:

  1. a dude named Agamemon who killed his daughter, went away to Troy, and came back with a cuddle buddy, Cassandra (who is prophetic, thank Apollo, and no one believes anything she says and she spends a lot of her lines screaming “AIEE!”).
  2. a lady named Clytemnestra, who is married to Agamemnon, gets her own cuddle buddy, and kills Agamemnon for murdering her daughter (Iphigenia, who may or may not have been saved by Artemis).
  3. a young man named Orestes who kills his mother for killing his father and gets chased about by Furies for committing matricide before standing trial with Athena. Fun times.

To learn more about Aeschylus and to read a public domain translation of The Oresteia by Ian Johnston CLICK HERE.