Electra by Sophocles

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The story of Orestes' revenge was told at the end of the lost epic Nostoi, and the events are also brought up in the Odyssey. It was a popular subject in Greek tragedies, and there are surviving versions by all three of the great Athenian tragedians: Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. The first is The Libation Bearers in the Oresteia Trilogy by Aeschylus (458 BC). Euripides wrote an Electra play. He tells a very different version of this same basic story as Sophocles despite their being written in close proximity and around the same time.

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