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- Agamemnon's influence in Germany: Goethe, Schiller and Wagner
- In "Agamemnon's Influence in Germany: Goethe, Schiller, and Wagner", Michael Ewans discusses the availability of Aeschylus in both Greek and German translation in nineteenth-century Germany, and the influence that his work exerted on German writers of the period. Ewans argues that while Aeschylus had little impact on Goethe, and perhaps a small influence on Schiller, through the translation of Johan Gustav Droysen, Aeschylus' Oresteia captivated the mind of Wagner, who in turn influenced Nietzsche's high opinion of Aeschylus which was immortalized in The Birth of Tragedy. Having established the place that the Oresteia held in Wagner's imagination and that of other German authors of the period, Ewans examines how the Oresteia came to play a vital role in shaping Wagner's Ring.
- Agamemnon in Performance: 458 BC to AD 2004 p. 107-118
- Oxford University Press
- Resource Type
- book chapter