Arts on the Air | 12.03.2008 | 05:30
Ancient Greek Play is Surprisingly Up-To-Date
A new production of Aeschylus' blood-thirsty trilogy reveals an uncomfortable relevance to modern day Germany.
When Aeschylus's Oresteia was first performed in Athens in 458 BC, theater was an important civic event. Normal law was suspended during the city's annual theater festival, prisoners were allowed to go free, debts were frozen and anyone who disturbed the peace was treated with the utmost severity.
Today things are different. In contemporary German society, theater-going is a private pleasure, not a public event, but that does not make the form irrelevant.
blood・thirsty ━━ a. 血に飢えた; 流血場面の多い.