Orestes’ Revenge (page 677, with art)

Chapter 17, The Return from Troy

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Homer, Odyssey 3.307

but in the eighth came as his bane the goodly Orestes back from Athens  Greek Text

Scholia at Homer, Odyssey 3.307 – Scholia Graeca in Homeris Odysseam, vol. 1, p. 149, ed. W. Dindorf. Oxford 1855. 

Greek Text

Proklos, Nostoi Argumentum  – Poetae Epici Graeci 1, p. 95, ed. A. Bernabé. Leipzig 1987.

Hesiod Ehoiai (Catalogue of Women) fr 23a.30 MW – Fragmenta Hesiodea, p. 14, ed. R. Merkelbach and M. L. West. Oxford 1967. 

and killed his overbearing mother with a pitiless weapon. (Transl. E. Bianchelli – Context)

Stesichoros, Oresteia 217 PMGPoetae Melici Graeci, p. 116 ed. D. L. Page. Oxford 1962.

Plutarch, Moralia 555a

Greek Text

Stesichoros, Oresteia 219 PMG – Poetae Melici Graeci, p. 117 ed. D. L. Page. Oxford 1962.

Berlin, Antikensammlung A 32 (not lost, as Gantz): fragmentary Protoattic krater with (side A; see also Gantz p. 670) what may be a depiction of Orestes grasping forelock of Aigisthos while preparing to slay him; behind Orestes’ back, a hand that may belong to a lost figure of an encouraging Elektra; distressed woman on right may be Klytaimestra.

Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Berlin, Antiquarium 1 (1938), pl. 20 (detail of side A)

Detail of Orestes and Aigisthos, from E. Buschor, Griechische Vasen (1940) p. 39 fig. 46

Digital LIMC

Beazley Archive Pottery Database


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Artistic sources edited by Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, July 2022

Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, March 2023


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