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Revenge TragedyAeschylus to Armageddon$
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John Kerrigan

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198184515

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184515.001.0001

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. Orestès and Medieval Vengeance

. Orestès and Medieval Vengeance

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(p.144) (p.145) 6. Orestès and Medieval Vengeance
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Revenge Tragedy
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John Kerrigan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184515.003.0006

Orestes returned as a figure of European literature in the mid 20th century. This time however, Orestes had a Renaissance tone, one that included the elements of magic, potions, fairies, and barons. It was of a different time, but still in every way classic and beautiful. This paved the way to medieval tragic literature, including stories of the great Shakespeare. This was a time of jousting and sword fighting among knights, when chivalry abounds and nobility was honored. This was a new form of revenged tragedy, one that suited the times. One striking change in tragic literature was its form of punishment for crimes done, as the Greeks gods may have done it differently than those of noble men, and may be dealt with in another way by knights.

Keywords:   Orestes, Renaissance, classic, knights, nobility, punishment

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