Following the success of the Anouka Chronicles series of children’s books by Pippa Joyner, another Upper Street resident has had a book published. This time it is a translation and commentary of an ancient Greek play by Aeschylus. Cambridge graduate Andrew Brown who lives close to the All Saints’ Church has written a translation and commentary of The Libation Bearers which is part of the Oresteia trilogy of tragedies.
The Libation Bearers is the second play in the Oresteia trilogy with the others being Agamemnon and The Eumenides. Relatively recent productions of the play include one at the National Theatre directed by Peter Hall and the text is required reading for many students of Greek. The play is also a major part of the repertoire of current day Greek classical theatre.
The Libation Bearers is a Greek tragedy about Orestes, the young hero who was obliged to avenge his father’s murder by killing his mother.
The book which has been published by the Liverpool University Press. It is expected that most readers buyers of the book will be from the academic sector. Andrew, who is retired, has been previously published, and is a member of the Hollingbourne Pantomime Group. He is reported as saying that he has no plans to turn the play into a pantomime.
Pictured below is Andrew Brown with a copy of his book which has just been published.