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Are we better than the ancient Greeks?

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By Chang Se-moon

Let me first introduce the story of the Greeks during the 5th century B.C. I am talking about the thought processes of those who lived about 2,500 years ago.

The drama "Oresteia" is a trilogy of Greek tragedies that was written by Aeschylus in that century. The three parts consist of the murder of King Agamemnon by his wife Clytemnestra, the murder of Clytemnestra by her son Orestes, and the trial of Orestes by the public.

The story shows how the Greek gods influenced the decision-making process relating to revenge and justice. The third part of the trilogy is one that indicates the level of civilization of those days that may well be better than the one under which we all live.

The drama won the first prize at the Dionysia festival in 458 B.C. The drama I saw was one performed at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., April 30.

The first part of the trilogy relates to the homecoming of King Agamemnon of Mycenae from the 10-year Trojan War. Before King Agamemnon went to war, he killed his own daughter, Iphigenia, as a sacrifice to the gods to win the war. Waiting at home was his wife,........

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