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Published on March 2, 2014

Author: lodgek



This is an introduction to Greek tragedy, including Aeschylus's Oresteia, Sophocles's Oedipus Rex, and Euripides's Medea.

Greek Tragedy

The Greek Theater

Tragic and Comic Masks Hadrian’s Villa, Mosaic

Theater of Dionysus, Athens

Reconstructed Skene, 4th c. BCE

Reconstructed Skene, 2nd c. BCE

Reconstructed Skene, 1st c. CE

Two Eagles Devouring a Hare, c. 420 BCE

Iphigenia Herbert Schmalz, c. 1900

The Anger of Achilles Jacques-Louis David, 1819

The Sacrifice of Iphigenia Jan Steen, 17th c.

The Sacrifice of Iphigenia François Perrier, c. 1632

Clytemnestra Hesitating Before Killing the Sleeping Agamemnon Pierre Narcisée Gérin, 1817

Boston Vase, 460 BCE

After the Murder (Clytemnestra) John Collier, 1882

Orestes, Electra, and Hermes at Agamemnon’s Tomb, c. 380 BCE

Orestes Slaying Aegisthus and Clytemnestra Bernardino Mei, 1654

Orestes Killing Clytemnestra, c. 150 CE

Boston Vase, 460 BCE

Clytemnestra Awakening the Furies, c. 380 BCE

The Remorse of Orestes William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1862

Orestes Alexandre Cabanel, 1846

Apollo Purifying Orestes of His Blood Guilt, c. 380 BCE

Orestes at Delphi, c. 330 BCE

Euphorbos and the Infant Oedipus, c. 450 BCE

Oedipus Killing His Father Roman Fresco

Oedipus and the Sphinx, c. 430 BCE

Oedipus the Wayfarer Gustave Moreau, c. 1888

Oedipus, the Sphinx, and Hermes, c. 440 BCE

Oedipus Questioning the Sphinx Jean-Auguste Ingres, 1827

Oedipus and the Sphinx Gustave Moreau, 1864

Oedipus Rex Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1895

Oedipus and Antigone (The Plague of Thebes) Charles-François Jalabert, 19th c.

Medea Frederick Sandys, 1868

Jason and Medea John William Waterhouse, 1907

Presents from Medea to Creusa, c. 390 BCE

Medea Aimé-Nicolas Morot, 1876

Medea Victor Mottez, 19th c.

Furious Medea Eugène Delacroix, 1862

Medea Escaping on Her Chariot, c. 400 BCE

Jason and Medea Charles André van Loo, 1759

Medea Andrea Schiavone, 16th c.

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