A basic level guide to some of the best known and loved works of prose, poetry and drama from ancient Greece – Electra by Sophocles. MILITARUL Uploaded by. Anastasia Diana Miulescu · Electra – Euripide. Uploaded by. Anastasia Diana Miulescu · Electra – Electra (Q) . Electra (Sophocles) . pawiki ਇਲੈਕਟਰਾ (ਸੋਫੋਕਲੀਜ); ptwiki Electra (Sófocles); rowiki Electra (Sofocle); ruwiki Электра (Софокл).

Author: Kazrazshura Nigor
Country: Reunion
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Relationship
Published (Last): 26 January 2005
Pages: 464
PDF File Size: 18.99 Mb
ePub File Size: 15.60 Mb
ISBN: 414-7-93327-517-9
Downloads: 42024
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Vobei

Electra or Elektra Ancient Greek: Its date is not known, but various stylistic similarities with the Philoctetes BC and the Oedipus at Colonus BC lead scholars to suppose that it was written towards the end of Sophocles’ career. Set in the city of Argos a few years after the Trojan Warit recounts the tale of Electra and the vengeance that she and her brother Orestes take on their mother Clytemnestra and step father Aegisthus for the murder of their father, Agamemnon.

When King Agamemnon returns from the Trojan War with his new concubine, Cassandrahis wife Clytemnestra who has taken Agamemnon’s cousin Aegisthus as a lover kills them.

Electra (Sophocles play) – Wikipedia

Clytemnestra believes the murder was sfocle, since Agamemnon had sacrificed their daughter Iphigenia before the war, as commanded by the gods. Electradaughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, rescued her younger brother Orestes from her mother by sending him to Strophius of Phocis.

The play begins years later when Orestes d returned as a grown man with a plot for revenge, as well as to claim the throne. Orestes arrives with his friend Pyladesson of Strophius, and a pedagogue, i. Their plan is to have the tutor announce that Orestes has died in a chariot race, and that two men really Orestes and Pylades are arriving shortly to deliver an urn with his remains.


Meanwhile, Electra continues to mourn the death of her father Agamemnon, holding her mother Clytemnestra responsible for his murder. When Electra is told of the death of Orestes her elecctra is doubled, but is to be short-lived.

After a choral ode Orestes arrives, carrying the urn supposedly containing his ashes. He does not recognize Electra, nor she him.

He gives her the urn and she delivers a moving lament over it, unaware that her brother is in fact standing alive next to her. Now realizing the truth, Orestes reveals his identity to his emotional sister. She is overjoyed that he is alive, but in their excitement sofodle nearly reveal his identity, and the tutor comes out eelectra the palace to urge them on.

Orestes and Pylades enter the house and slay Clytemnestra.

Electra (Sofocle)

As Aegisthus returns home, they quickly put her corpse under a sheet and present it to him as the body of Orestes. He lifts the veil to discover who it really is, and Orestes then reveals himself. They escort Aegisthus off set to be killed at the hearth, the same location Agamemnon was slain. The play ends here, before the death of Aegisthus is announced. Roman writer Cicero considered Electra to be a masterpiece, [1] and the work is also viewed favorably zofocle modern critics and scholars.


In The Reader’s Encyclopedia of World DramaJohn Gassner and Edward Quinn argued that its “simple device of delaying the recognition between brother and sister produces a series of brilliant scenes which display Electra’s heroic resolution under constant attack.

Post noted that the play was “unique among Greek tragedies for its emphasis on action. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This article is about the play by Sophocles. For other uses, see Electra disambiguation. Richard; Wilson, Peter The Reader’s Encyclopedia of World Drama. Antigone; Oedipus the King; Electra. Translated by Kitto, H. Johns Hopkins University Press. Agamemnon father Clytemnestra mother Aegisthus stepfather Orestes brother Iphigenia sister Chrysothemis sister. Oresteia BC, Aeschylus Electra c. Retrieved from ” https: Articles containing Ancient Greek-language text CS1 maint: Views Read Edit View history.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. This page was last edited on 10 Novemberat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Electra and Orestes by Alfred Church. Orestes Electra Chrysothemis old man Clytemnestra Aegisthus. Mycenae, before the palace of the Pelopidae. Wikisource has original text related to this article: