Oresteia

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Oresteia is a trilogy of tragedies written by ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus, comprising Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, and Eumenides. The series delineates the plot derived from the mythological story of post-Trojan War homecoming of Agamemnon, king of Mycenae, his murder by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus, the revenge for him by his son, Orestes, and the final end of a cycle of vengeance by the intervention of gods. The plays symbolize the transition from a system of justice based on private retaliation and vigilante justice into an ordered court system and democratic jurisprudence.