Greek history / literature of Aeschylus?s Oresteia, Iliad and Thucydides
3 Separate essays. 4 pages each. Citations not needed. Please assign to someone who has read and understood the material of The Iliad, Thucydides and Aeschylus?s Oresteia.
1. Thinking from the viewpoint of a historian, what do you consider to be important similarities and differences between the ancient Greeks? understanding of their cultural past in Thucydides as opposed to in the Iliad? Be specific about what makes Thucydides? historiography distinctive, and explain why you find the differences and similarities you discuss to be important.
2. How does justice work in response to wrongdoing in the first two plays of Aeschylus?s Oresteia? How does justice structurally change in the third play, leading to Orestes? exoneration? Do you find this ending (his exoneration) morally satisfying? Why or why not? Include some discussion of all three plays in your response.
3. If you went back in time with a magic gender wand and lived in fifth-century Athens for one year as an honorary Athenian woman, and for another year as an honorary Athenian man, to which aspects of Athenian culture would you be exposed for each of the two years? Which of the two years do you think would be the most eye-opening education for you, and why