Trauma & Transcendence: The Oresteia Trilogy

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The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture presents a 3-seminar mini-course focused on Aeschylus’s Oresteia. The only complete three-part dramatic cycle that has survived from ancient Athens, the Oresteia trilogy explores timeless questions, highly relevant to our own city today. For example: What is the difference between revenge and justice? How is healing possible when historic trauma passes from one generation to another? Can such intergenerational trauma be transcended? How can wisdom find a new beginning in a furious, wounded city? The course will take the form of seminar discussion, moderated by Michael McShane, the Dallas Institute’s Director of Public Humanities.


For the Oresteia, please use the free translation available online from the Center for Hellenic Studies at the following links:
Libation Bearers

Location: Dallas Institute’s Stroud House, 2723 Routh Street, Dallas.


  • Mar 14, 2022    Agamemnon – A warrior, Agamemnon, is killed by his furious wife upon his return home from war.
  • Mar 21, 2022    Libation Bearers – The warrior’s children, Orestes and Electra, avenge their father’s death by killing their mother.
  • Mar 28, 2022     Eumenides (The Kindly Ones) – Ancient goddesses of revenge, the Furies, demand retribution for the matricide committed by the title character Orestes. He appeals to the goddess of wisdom, Athena. Athena summons the leading citizens of her namesake city, Athens, to create the first jury and the first trial to adjudicate the crime.

Times (All Sessions):    

  • 6:00-6:30 PM Gather
  • 6:30-8:00 PM Seminar in upstairs board room

Cost: $10 per session ($30 for the entire course.)

Maximum Capacity: 20 people (First come, first served)

Register: email 

Note: Our seminars on Aeschylus’ tragedy are stand-alone events. They also form part of the run-up to the Dallas Institute’s April 6th Big D Reads program, Athena’s Accommodation.