"The Oresteia" and The Parthenon Essay by Amy Midkiff

"The Oresteia" and The Parthenon
Examines Greek views and ideals through the play "The Oresteia" and the friezes from the Parthenon.
# 30269 | 1,370 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Aug 31, 2003 in Architecture (Ancient) , History (Greek and Roman) , Literature (Greek and Roman) , Art (General)

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Using the art of the Parthenon and the play "The Oresteia", written by the Ancient Greek playwright Aeschylus, this paper determines a number of morals and ideals that the Ancient Greeks held in high esteem. In the first few paragraphs, the paper describes the various metopes in the Parthenon. It examines which gods and important Greek characters are depicted, what it is they are doing and how this represents a given Greek ideal. The paper then explores "The Oresteia" and uses important lines to either determine other Greek ideals or uses them to underscore the importance of an ideal already talked about in the segment on the Parthenon. Through comparing the Parthenon and "The Oresteia" the paper determines that the Greeks were a highly civilized people that believed highly in bravery, pride, civic duty, civility, order and justice.

From the Paper:

"Greeks were the most civilized peoples in the fifth century BCE as well as the best fighters. This was, of course, according to their standards. Their success as warriors and the importance of the Apollonian way of life is inscribed on the walls of the Parthenon and within the pages of The Oresteia. The Parthenon's gracefully sculpted friezes unite with "schylus" trilogy and both are founded on pride and bravery. There is an obvious mindset, almost a moral code among the Athenians. They believed moderation and civility were the keys to success and it was up to them to impose this onto other races. An Athenian who didn't abide by this code was a pariah of sorts, to say the least, and was portrayed as such through the Parthenon and The Oresteia."

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