Book excerpt: ‘To kill my home’s delight’

Aeschylus (525–456 BC) was the first of the great tragic dramatists of ancient Greece. In “Agamemnon,” his choral songs contain an intense dramatic feeling that leaves the reader spellbound.

A recent translation by David Mulroy, emeritus professor of foreign languages and linguistics, makes Aeschylus’ dramatic postscript to the Trojan War accessible to modern readers. Mulroy reads the passage describing the sacrifice of the king Agamemnon’s daughter Iphigenia to obtain favorable winds for the invasion of Troy.

From “Agamemnon by Aeschylus, a verse translation” by David Mulroy, with introduction and notes. Reprinted by permission of the University of Wisconsin Press. © 2016 by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All rights reserved.

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