Agamemnon


Read by LibriVox Volunteers

(0.5 stars; 1 reviews)

Agamemnon is a verse tragedy of 1012 lines written by the Roman playwright Seneca the Younger in the 1st Century CE and based on the Greek Legend of the conflict within the House of Atreus.



The blood-feud between Atreus and Thyestes was not ended with the terrible vengeance which Atreus wreaked upon his brother. It was yet in fate that Thyestes should live to beget upon his own daughter a son, Aegisthus, who should slay Atreus and bring ruin and death upon the great Atrides, Agamemnon.



The Trojan war is done. And now the near approach of the victorious king, bringing his captives and treasure home to Argos, has been announced. But little does he dream to what a home he is returning. For Clytemnestra, enraged at Agamemnon because he had sacrificed her daughter Iphigenia at Aulis to appease the winds, and full of jealousy because he brings Cassandra as her rival home, estranged also by the long-continued absence of her lord, but most estranged by her own guilty union with Aegisthus, is now plotting to slay Agamemnon on his return, gaining thus at once revenge and safety from his wrath.



(Summary by Alan Mapstone and the translator)


Cast List



Agamemnon, King of Argos: Alan Mapstone

Ghost of Thyestes: Alan Mapstone

Clytemnesta: Wendy Katz Hiller

Aegisthus: Beeswaxcandle

Cassandra: Jenn Broda

Eurybates: Greg Giordano

Electra: Sonia

Strobius: ToddHW

Nurse: Rapunzelina

Chorus of Argive Women: Rita Boutros

Band of Captive Trojan Women: Agnes Robert Behr

Stage Directions: Inkell
(1 hr 21 min)

Chapters

Introduction and Dramatis Personae 4:08 Read by Alan Mapstone
Act 1 8:50 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2 20:38 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3 28:31 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 4 6:55 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 5 12:51 Read by LibriVox Volunteers

Reviews

Misspelled, but close.


(0.5 stars)

Every voice sounds as if professionals want to butcher their own performance. Even a high school troupe could have exercised more class. Otherwise, keep practicing.