CLEP Humanities : Analyzing the Content of Classical Drama

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Analyzing The Content Of Drama

The trilogy of Greek tragedies written by Aeschylus that detail the story of the family of Agamemnon is called __________.

Possible Answers:

the Iliad

the Odepeia

the Oresteia

the Lysistrata

the Antiphon

Correct answer:

the Oresteia


The Oresteia is the only surviving trilogy of Ancient Greek theater that was written to be performed in one sitting. Its author, Aeschylus, gained fame and prizes for his version of the story of Agamemnon, the hero of the Trojan War who is murdered by his wife Clytemnestra when he arrives home. The plays take their name from the character of Orestes, Agamemnon's son who seeks vengeance for his father's death.

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