The Evolution of Justice in The Oresteia
Classicist Robert Fagles’s translation of The Oresteia includes an introductory essay in which he articulates an Hegelian reading of Aeschylus’s trilogy. While provocative, Fagles’s application of Hegel’s dialectic to the three plays that comprise The Oresteia, is nonetheless problematic. Fagles’s two Hegelian-inspired arguments fail to comport with Hegel’s theory of the Dialectic. Robert Fagles touches on, but fails to develop, a possible connection between The Oresteia and the theories of Friedrich Nietzsche. The events of The Oresteia correspond more closely to Nietzsche’s political philosophy than Hegel’s. Friedrich Nietzsche’s Genealogy of Morals provides readers of The Oresteia with a more informative notion of the nature of Aeschylus’s representation of Greek social progress.