Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Ἠλέκτρα [Ēléktra], Latin Electra)

A. Myth

E. belongs to the last mythologically significant generation of the Atreid line descended from Tantalus. The characteristic of the clan is a chain of reciprocal murders continuing through all the generations (Atreus and Thyestes). To assure his fleet of a safe voyage to the Trojan War, E.’s father Agamemnon (Agamemnon and Clytaemnestra), king of Mycenae, sacrifices her sister Iphigenia. In revenge for this act, E.’s mother Clytaemnestra and her lover, Agamemnon’s co…

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Göbel, Johannes, “Electra”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 06 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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