BLAMING AGAMEMNON MORAL CONFLICT AND THE FIRST CHORAL SEQUENCE OF AESCHYLUS' AGAMEMNON

John Jackson, Marius Vermaak

Abstract


Consider the following questions: is moral value subject to luck?2 How should we understand
and cope with moral conflict?3 What do lines 40-263 of Aeschylus' Agamemnon mean, and why
do the Chorus sing them? Martha Nussbaum in her recent book4 answers these questions and
sees a deep connection between them. The sub-title of her book is "Luck and Ethics in Greek
philosophy and tragedy" and in Chapter 2 she argues that the first choral sequence of Ag.
answers the second question and gives a partial answer to the first. She also claims that
Aeschylus has been misunderstood because of misguided modem philosophical assumptions
concerning the two questions.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/35-3-4-560

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