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.
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.