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The Oresteia is permeated with depictions of the afterlife, which have never been examined together. In this book, Amit Shilo analyzes their intertwined and conflicting implications. He argues for a 'poetics of multiplicity' and a 'poetics of the beyond' that inform the ongoing debates over justice, fate, ethics, and politics in the trilogy. The book presents novel, textually grounded readings of Cassandra's fate, Clytemnestra's ghost scene, mourning ritual, hero cult, and punishment by Hades. It offers a fresh perspective on the political thought of the trilogy by contrasting the ethical focus of the Erinyes and Hades with Athena's insistence on divine unity and warfare. Shedding new light on the trilogy as a whole, this book is crucial reading for students and scholars of classical literature and religion.


‘Shilo’s prose style is poetic in a way that feels deliberate, but never contrived. This makes the book a real pleasure to read, and only rarely misfires or obscures comprehension. All in all, I have no hesitation in recommending this book to students and scholars of tragedy, as well as those researching perceptions of death in the ancient world.’

Alexandra Hardwick Source: Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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