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Electra (c.-410) [Play]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Electra recounts the murder of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus by Clytemnestra's son Orestes, to avenge the murder of their father Agamemnon, commander of the Greeks at Troy, upon his return home. Sophocles' version is presented from the viewpoint of Electra, Orestes' sister, who laments her father, bears witness to her mother's crime, and for years endures her mother's scorn. When Orestes arrives at last, her mood shifts from grief to joy as Orestes carries out the bloody vengeance. Despite her overwhelming passion for just revenge, Electra admits that her own actions are shameful.

Sophocles presents the story as a savage though necessary act of vengeance, vividly depicting Electra's grief, anger, and exulatation.

Original title: Ηλεκτρα [Elektra]
Original languages: Ancient Greek


Genre: Drama and PlaysAncientGreekTragedy

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Electra and Other Plays (1953) [Collection]
      Author: Sophocles
     Antigone, Oedipus the King, Electra (1962) [Collection]
      Author: Sophocles
     Four Tragedies (2007) [Collection]
      Author: Sophocles
     Oresteia, an (2009) [Anthology]
      Authors: Euripides , Aeschylus , Sophocles

Edition #1: Electra

Electra (2007)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Peter Meineck Paul Woodruff
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Edition #2: Electra

Electra (2001)
Edition Details (From the publisher):

The Greek Tragedy in New Translations series is based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves, or who work in collaboration with poets, can properly re-create the celebrated and timeless tragedies of the great Greek writers. These new translations are more than faithful to the original text, going beyond the literal meaning in order to evoke the poetic intensity and rich metaphorical texture of the Greek language.

Introduction and notes by Michael Shaw.

Language: English

Edition: Greek Tragedy in New Translations
Translated by: Anne Carson
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Manifested in:

Electra (2001)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195049608
Pages: 144

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