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Electra (Greek mythology)

Works: 369 works in 743 publications in 4 languages and 33,022 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Fiction  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Sources 
Classifications: PA3827.A7, 882.01
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    The Oresteia by Aeschylus( Book )
    38 editions published between 1974 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 3,371 libraries worldwide
    The Oresteia by Aeschylus, the only extant trilogy among the Greek tragedies, is one of the great foundational texts of Western culture. Beginning with Agamemnon, which describes Agamemnon's return from the Trojan War and his murder at the hands of his wife, Clytemnestra, and continuing through Orestes' murder of Clytemnestra in Libation Bearers and his acquittal at Athena's court in Eumenides, the trilogy traces the evolution of justice in human society from blood vengeance to the rule of law. The story of the house of Atreus is a tale of incest, adultery, human sacrifice, cannibalism, and political intrigue. It is also a story in which human action is simultaneously willed and determined
    Electra by Sophocles( Book )
    21 editions published between 1973 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,862 libraries worldwide
    "Electra recounts the murders of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus by Clytemnestra's son Orestes, to avenge their murder of his 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."
    The Oresteia by Aeschylus( Book )
    10 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 1,803 libraries worldwide
    "The Orestia--Agamemnon, Choephori, and The Eumenides--depicts the downfall of the house of Atreus: after King Agamemnon is murdered by Clytemnestra, their son, Orestes, is commanded by Apollo to avenge the crime by killing his mother, and he does so, bringing on himself the wrath of the Furies and the judgment of Athens. Together, the three plays are one of the major achievements of Greek antiquity. Hughes's 'acting version' of the trilogy is itself a great performance; while artfully inflected with the contemporary, it has a classical beauty and authority."--Book jacket
    Elektra : a play by Sophocles( Book )
    8 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 858 libraries worldwide
    Greek theatre practice by J. Michael Walton( Book )
    2 editions published between 1980 and 1991 in English and held by 838 libraries worldwide
    The libation bearers by Aeschylus( Book )
    3 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 746 libraries worldwide
    An unfortunate result of the eagerness of modern commentators to lay stress on Aeschylus as a thinker and religious poet has been the frequent neglect to observe The Libation Bearers, like Agamemnon, is full of suspense, action, and skillfully contrived surprise
    Antigone ; Oedipus the King ; Electra by Sophocles( Book )
    7 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 738 libraries worldwide
    Contains three of Sophocles' most famous tragedies, with an introduction, textual notes, a chronology, and explanatory notes
    Electra and other plays by Sophocles( Book )
    5 editions published between 1953 and 2009 in English and held by 710 libraries worldwide
    Collects four tragedies by the great Athenian dramatist, all newly translated
    The Oresteian trilogy : Agamemnon, the Choephori, the Eumenides by Aeschylus( Book )
    12 editions published between 1956 and 2003 in English and held by 662 libraries worldwide
    A translation of the ancient Greek tragedies, "Agamemmon, " "The Choephori, " and "The Eumenides, " tracing the chain of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos, which is finally ended through the intervention of the goddess Athene
    Medea ; Hippolytus ; Electra ; Helen by Euripides( Book )
    7 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and held by 619 libraries worldwide
    Medea, and other plays by Euripides( Book )
    6 editions published between 1963 and 1996 in English and held by 615 libraries worldwide
    Euripides was a brilliant and powerful innovator within the traditional framework of Attic drama
    Choephori by Aeschylus( Book )
    9 editions published between 1986 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 604 libraries worldwide
    Produced in 458 BC, Aeschylus' Choephori stands as the second play in the Oresteian trilogy. The bloodshed begun in the first play with the murder of Agamemnon by his wife Clytemnestra is here continued when Agamemnon's son Orestes avenges his father's death by killing Clytemnestra. It is not until the third and final play, Eumenides, that peace is restored to the family of the Atreiadae. This edition (first published in hardback in 1986) takes into account the large amount of recent research on the play and tackles the problems presented by an unusually corrupt text. The introduction discusses the pre-Aeschylean 'Orestes' tradition in literature (from Homer to Pindar) and art (representations on vases and reliefs), as well as the place of Choephori within the Oresteia, its imagery and dramatic structure, the questions of staging the play, and the manuscript tradition. Much of the commentary looks at problems of style, dramatic technique, and interpretation of the play, and before each scene is discussed an analysis of its contribution to the drama as a whole is supplied. The text and critical apparatus reproduced are those of D. L. Page (Oxford Classical Texts)
    Three plays by Hugo von Hofmannsthal( Book )
    3 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 596 libraries worldwide
    Electra by Gladys Schmitt( Book )
    3 editions published between 1965 and 1966 in English and held by 573 libraries worldwide
    Suppliant women ; Electra ; Heracles by Euripides( Book )
    3 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 540 libraries worldwide
    Centering on the right of proper burial for those fallen in battle, Suppliant Women reflects on war and on the rule of law. In Electra Euripides gives us his version of the famous legend of the murder of Clytaemestra by her children in revenge for her killing their father, a portrayal interestingly different from that in Sophocles' Electra. Narrating sudden reversals in the hero's fortunes, Heracles testifies to the fragility of human happiness
    Orestes and Electra; myth and dramatic form by William M Force( Book )
    3 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 470 libraries worldwide
    Electra : a Delphic woman novel by Kerry Greenwood( Book )
    4 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and held by 433 libraries worldwide
    Tells the story of Troy rising from the ashes from the Trojan War, from a female viewpoint
    Electra by Euripides( Book )
    7 editions published between 1907 and 1994 in English and held by 433 libraries worldwide
    This vital translation of Euripides' Electra recreates the prize-winning excitement of the original play. Electra, obsessed by dreams of avenging her father's murder, impatiently awaits the return of her exiled brother Orestes. After his arrival Electra uses Orestes as her instrument of vengeance, killing their mother's husband, then their mother herself - and only afterward do they see the evil inherent in these seemingly just acts. But in his usual fashion, Euripides has imbued myth with the reality of human experience, counterposing suspense and horror with comic realism and down-to-earth comments on life
    Oresteia by Aeschylus( Book )
    2 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 421 libraries worldwide
    Winner of the American Translators Association 2000 Lewis Galantire Award. Peter Meineck is Producing Artistic Director of The Aquila Theatre Company, Visiting Scholar at the Center for Ancient Studies, New York University and teaches Greek Drama at the Tisch School for the Arts
    Electra by Euripides( Book )
    5 editions published between 1988 and 2013 in English and Greek, Ancient [to 1453] and held by 399 libraries worldwide
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