ISBN: 978-2-87457-118-3

Une femme sans « qualité familiale » ? Clytemnestre vue par les personnages eschyléens

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by Stéphane FAYE, in Res Antiquae 17, 2020.

What is interesting about the Oresteia trilogy of Aeschylus is that the relationships between characters can offer many approaches that can lead to encouraging results. Regarding the conjugality and the motherhood of Clytemnestra, a character who has been studied a lot, for example, one can find an interest in seeing the picture from them or to which they refer for such or such protagonist. We thus discover that, if the Queen of Argos is at least blameworthy for several of her interlocutors, her manners, for her, result of the many sins of her husband and his race which had to be expiated, by being the devoted performer of the deities of order and justice. We also discover two powers involved: the father’s and the mother’s. But the system gives more importance to the authority and the freedom of the father in the family than that of the mother.

Keywords: Aeschylus, Oresteia, Clytemnestra, family life, ancient Greece