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Introduction to Sophocles' Electra :: Haverford College

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Introduction to Sophocles' Electra

Sophocles' Electra focuses on the aftermath of the murder of Agamemnon, the leader of the Greek army in its assault on the Troy, by his wife Clystemnestra upon his return from war. Understanding the background to the play--including the vicious history of Electra's family and the great saga of the Trojan War--can greatly increase on one's enjoyment and understanding of the play. After you have familiarized yourself with the basics of these myths, take a few minutes to learn about earlier literary versions of the Electra myth that influenced Sophocles and would have been in the minds of his original Athenian audience in the 5th century BCE.

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