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The Oresteian Trilogy, by Aeschylus, The Allen Press (1982)

The Lewis and Dorothy Allen Press was, in a word, awesome. Always producing books entirely by hand, the output of their labors is always a wonder to behold. Take for instance their 1982 publication of The Oresteian Trilogy by Aeschylus. It certainly has to be one of the most beautiful editions of this classic ever done. Classically designed with Greek-letter calligraphy and Greek decorations hand-set in ‘flame’ ink along with  hand applied gold illumination on hand-made all rag paper from the Richard de Bas mill in France (founded in 1326!), the work is stunning.

The Oresteian Trilogy is the only surviving example of a trilogy of ancient Greek plays.  The Oresteia was originally performed in Athens in 458 BC, winning first prize.  Just as Athens was learning the world-changing idea of self-governance by the consent of the governed, this great trilogy by Aeschylus highlighted the idea of justice and reason being a more rationale response to wrongs, rather than a viscous cycle of retribution.

Aeschylus (525 BC – 456 BC)  is one of the three great Greek tragedians whose works have had a tremendous influence on our culture (along with Euripides and Sophocles). As he was the first, he is often thought of as the father of tragedy. Though he is estimated to have written nearly a hundred plays, only seven survive along with various fragments that are still occasionally found. His work tended to have significant moral and religious emphasis.

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