The Failure of Orestes

While many other Greek tragedies tend to reiterate already established myths and customs, Euripides's Orestes appears to be entirely his own invention. Chronologically, the plot of the play takes place after the events contained in Aeschylus's Libation Bearers. It was first performed in 408 BC, near the close of the Peloponnesian War. In Orestes, Electra recounts the story … Continue reading The Failure of Orestes

Notes on the Origins of the Epic of Gilgamesh

Pieces of the Gilgamesh story have been found all over Mesopotamia (a word coming from the Greek for "land between rivers" in reference to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers). According to Sumerian myth, Gilgamesh may have been the fifth king to rule after the great deluge, a flood narrative strikingly similar to the Biblical story … Continue reading Notes on the Origins of the Epic of Gilgamesh