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Oresteia eumenides furies Although Apollo cannot protect him from the Erinyes , he has managed to at least delay them with a sleeping spell, so that Orestes can continue on to Athens under the protection of Hermes. When they see him, they can even see rivulets of blood soaking the earth beneath his footsteps. Finally surrounded again by the threatening Furies , Orestes begs Athena for help. The goddess of justice intervenes and brings in a jury of twelve Athenians to judge Orestes. Athena herself presides over the trial, instructing her citizens to watch and learn how a trial should be conducted.


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This temple was home of none other than the famous Oracle of Delphi, where the god was thought to dispense wisdom through the mouth of the priestess of the temple. In the opening scene of the play, this priestess is just showing up for work. When she opens the temple doors and goes inside, however, she finds something terrifying. a man armed with a sword is sleeping inside; surrounding him, also sleeping, are the Furies, horrible goddesses of vengeance. What the priestess doesn't know, but the audience does, is that the sleeping man is Orestes, who has come to Delphi to be purified after killing his mother, Clytemnestra, at the end of the previous play, Libation Bearers. The priestess is terrified at what she has just seen, and runs away.

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Lines 1-63 The play opens with Pythia, the priestess of Apollo, preparing to perform her morning prayer. Her ritual is interrupted, however, by a bloodstained refugee who has come to her temple to be cleansed. It is Orestes, the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, who killed his mother in order to avenge her murder of his father.

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Oresteia: Eumenides (The Furies) by Aeschylus

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