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Other Electras: Aeschylus and Sophocles

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Euripides: Electra

In this course, Professor Judith Mossman (University of Nottingham) explores Euripides’ Electra, a play which depicts a brother and sister avenging their father’s death by killing their own mother. As we move through the course, we think about a number of issues, including: earlier treatments of the figure of Electra by Aeschylus and Sophocles, the characterisation of Electra and Clytemnestra, the scene in which Electra recognises her long-lost brother, the role of the Chorus in the play, and the meaning of the ending.

Other Electras: Aeschylus and Sophocles

In this module, we think about how the myth of the killing of Clytemnesta had been portrayed by other, earlier writers—particularly in Aeschylus’ Oresteia and Sophocles’ Electra.

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Mossman, J. (2018, August 15). Euripides: Electra - Other Electras: Aeschylus and Sophocles [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Mossman, J. "Euripides: Electra – Other Electras: Aeschylus and Sophocles." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 04 Sep 2018,


Prof. Judith Mossman

Prof. Judith Mossman

Nottingham University