A mortal blow

Alas I have been struck a mortal blow within.

ὤμοι, πέπληγμαι καιρίαν πληγὴν ἔσω.

These are the words that Agmemnon utters in Aeschylus’ play as he is murdered in his bath. The murder took place off stage so the audience would have not have seen the murder but just heard the cry. There is something haunting about the words and I can imagine the effect it would have had on the audience.

I did see the play many years ago at Epidaurus in Modern Greek but I remember little about that production. Later this month I will be seeing the last in the trilogy Eumenides at the Oxford Playhouse in the original Greek. Something to look forward to.

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