Study Guide

Orestes, Electra, and Clytemnestra

Introduction

This story is the sequel to "Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, and Iphigenia." Unlike a lot of follow-up movies, this one is totally not a let down. Just like its predecessor, this soap opera/horror is brimming with all the drama and bloodshed that everybody needs to get the day started right (or something like that). No doubt this tale is just as gripping and shocking as it was when those ancient Greeks were first telling it to each other.

You don't think that's possible? The basic gist of this story is that Orestes returns home at the urging of his sister, Electra, and the god, Apollo. Do they want a nice happy family reunion? Not so much. Electra and Apollo want Orestes to kill his mom, Clytemnestra, for killing his dad, Agamemnon. When he finally gets up the nerve to do it, the Furies, these crazy ladies with wings and snakes in their hair, rise up for the ground and start torturing him.

For real, that is what goes down. It's nuts. Just like its predecessor, though, this story is more than just a melodramatic slasher. It's also one of the smartest meditations on human violence ever conceived. So yeah, put it on your to-do list.

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Orestes, Electra, and Clytemnestra Resources

Movie or TV Productions

TV Oresteia
A version of Aeschylus' classic trilogy beamed straight to people's televisions in the 70's.

Videogames

Dante's Inferno
In this recent video game, Dante meets Electra in Limbo and must decide weather to punish her or forgive her for the murder of her mother. (What would you do?)

Videos

Agamemnon Sings!
This is what the ghost of Agamemnon is up to these days.

Was Agamemnon a Real Dude?
The old Greek professor guy in this video seems to think so.

Audio

Is that Murder I Hear?
Click here if you're dying to hear the whole story of Aeshcylus' Oresteia read aloud (and we know you are).

Hark, I Hear Electra
Check it out, you can listen to all of Sophocles' Electra at this link.

Books

The Libation Bearers
Check out the full text of Aeschylus' version here.

Electra by Sophocles
You can read Sophocles' spin on the myth through this link.

Electra by Euripides
The full text of Euripides' version awaits at the other end of this link.

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