Here is a ready to use translation of Aeschylus’ most well known play the Agamemnon. This product provides you with a complete copy of the play that contains helpful explanations of difficult terms in footnotes, text call outs with short explanations of key people and places, and three options for writing assignments that you can do with your entire class. Since the text of Aeschylus may be difficult for modern readers, I have attempted to create a text with assignments that will help modern students relate to this important ancient text. This product is intended as a supplement to help introduce your students to what is considered one of the top ten classic literary works of the ancient world.
This text of Aeschylus will take several days to read and discuss, and my university students typically require four to six hours to read the entire text. The text of the play can be read as a class with students being assigned the different parts, or it can be read independently. The play is broken up into parts as it was originally written by Aeschylus. I have also included a brief discussion of the other two parts of Aeschylus’ trilogy (the Choephori, and The Eumenides). The play deals with the topics of divine fate and retribution, women’s roles in society, and the Greek monarchy. One of the possible writing assignments treats the topic of the tragic formula, which engages the question of divine retribution and the role of the Olympic gods in meting out punishment. I think you will find this to be a great resource that will give your students a great introduction into one of the most engaging texts from Ancient Greece.