February 24, 2012Posted by on
Not only a tragedy for Greece but a Greek Tragedy. The Eumenides appear in the final part of The Orestian Trilogy, a Greek tragedy written by Aeschylus around 500BC. The Eumenides was a euphemistic name given by the Greeks to the Erinyes (Furies:Latin). Eumenides means ‘the benevolent ones‘ and was a term used by the Greeks to avoid invoking the wrath of the Erinyes (the avengers of wrong).
Greek Tragedy is a literary composition in which a central character, acting as the tragic protagonist or hero, suffers some serious misfortune which is not accidental thus rendering it meaningless, but is logically connected with the central character’s actions. Greek Tragedy stresses the vulnerability of human beings whose suffering is brought on by a combination of human and divine actions, but is generally undeserved with regard to its harshness.
In this tragedy, Greece itself is the ‘tragic protagonist’. The ‘divinities‘ are the Troika – the European Commission (EC), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the European Central Bank (ECB), with all three of them practising ‘divination’. The inevitably flawed humans, whose actions destin them to be pursued by the Erinyes (Furies) are the members of the European Union. Not even the divinities can predict the outcome of this tragedy other than the continuance of their own immortality.