Myth Reading Group 15 June: Athena on the stage: Eumenides & Ajax

The Myth Reading Group meets on ‘Zoom’ on Tuesday 15 June, 5:30-6:30 pm (UK time). The link to join is posted in the comments for this post. All are welcome.

A male actor dressed as the goddess Athena, wearing helmet with tall crest and small metal breastplate with a bosom moulded into it, and holding a spear.
Still from 1981 National Theatre production of the Oresteia, translated by Tony Harrison, directed by Peter Hall, with Michael Thomas as Athena. Broadcast on Channel 4, 1983.

The gods occasionally appear on the Greek tragic stage: often as part of a prologue or exit scene, but sometimes as participants in the action. This week, our focus is on two stage presentations of Athena. The first is Aeschylus’ Eumenides, where the goddess presides over a homicide court on the Athenian Acropolis, where Orestes faces the Furies (Erinyes) as he stands trial for the murder of Clytemnestra, his mother. The second is the opening of Sophocles’ Ajax, where Odysseus consults with Athena following the contest between Ajax and Odysseus for the armour of Achilles.


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1 Response to Myth Reading Group 15 June: Athena on the stage: Eumenides & Ajax

  1. ὑποκείμενον says:

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