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Electra

by James Hunter
Electra was the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra and the sister of Orestes. After Agamemnon was murdered by Clytemnestra and her lover, Aegisthos, Electra and her brother plotted revenge. Electra's role in this varied from one account to the next. In some versions, she supported and encouraged Orestes but took no part in the actual killing of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus. In others, she was more directly involved; Euripides gave her an active (and bloody) role in the death of Clytemnestra. After the successful execution of their revenge, Electra was not hounded by the Erinyes as Orestes was, but continued to give support and comfort to her brother in his sufferings. In some versions, she married Orestes' close friend, Pylades, after the murders.

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  • Pronunciation:
    ee-lek'-truh

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