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Electra (Eski Yunan Tragedyaları #6)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  3,701 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 101 pages
Published 1965 by George Allen & Unwin Ltd. (first published -420)
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May 22, 2016 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Η Κλυταιμνύστρα,μιλώντας στην Ηλέκτρα:

"[..]Μα όταν
πέφτει στο σφάλμα ο άντρας,τη δικιά του
παραμερίζοντας γυναίκα,τότε
να τόνε μιμηθεί θέλει κι εκείνη
και να'βρει άλλη αγάπη.Όμως βουίζει
μετά για μας η κατηγόρια,ενώ για κείνους
που ήταν η αφορμή,κακό δε λέει
κανένας.Τον Μενέλαο,τον άντρα
της αδερφής μου,αν κλέβαν,εγώ τότε
για να τον σώσω,θα'πρεπε να σφάξω
τον γιο μου Ορέστη;Πώς θα τ'ανεχόταν
ο πατέρας σου τούτα;Γιατί τάχα
να μην πεθάνει αυτός που τους δικούς μου
αφάνισε,και μόνο εγώ από κείνον
να σκοτωθώ;"

David Sarkies
Mar 02, 2012 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ancient History Lovers
Recommended to David by: David Hester
Shelves: tragedy
Euripides' take on the vengeance of Orestes
9 March 2012

I clearly remember reading this play for university and one of the things that the lecturer spoke about was how we have, from all three of the surviving tragedians, a extant plays that deals with the same subject, being the murder of Aegisthus and Clytaemnestra by the two of her children, Orestes and Electra. I believe that we actually looked at all three at university, if only to compare the similarities, and differences, in how the three
Roy Lotz
Jan 27, 2014 Roy Lotz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
You may find a fascinating case study in artistic approach when you compare the Libation Bearers of Aeschylus and the Electra plays of Sophocles and Euripides. The three great Greek tragedians all wrote a play about the same story: Orestes’s and Electra’s revenge on their mother Clytemnestra for the murder of their father Agamemnon. The format and general outline is the same in all three plays; yet the effect is unique to the playwright.

Aeschylus’s play is resonant with mythical symbolism. This
baQer (BFZ)
Mar 05, 2017 baQer (BFZ) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays
این تراژدی ماجرای الکترا و برادرش (اورستس) است که انتقام قتل پدر خود (آگاممنون) را از مادرشان (کلوتایمنسترا) می گیرند
سه نمایشنامه نویس مطرح یونان یعنی اوریپید، آیسخولوس و سوفوکل، یکی از نمایشنامه های خود را به طور کامل به الکترا اختصاص داده اند
Feb 16, 2017 Parisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب شروع خوانش من از اسطورهها بود و در حدی جذابیتهایی داشت که داستانهای بعدی رو هم بخونم ...more
From my edition's introduction, the translator Gilbert Murray writes that Euripides' Electra 'has the distinction of being the best abused and not the best understood of ancient tragedies'...

And I agree. It is very different from Sophocles' Electra, even as regards to the portrayal of Electra and Orestes themselves. In a way Euripides is more strikingly realistic. "In Euripides' play both Orestes and Electra are far from heroic, the murder of Aegisthus is shown as, at the best, inglorious; that
Corinne  E. Blackmer
Oct 24, 2011 Corinne E. Blackmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, drama
Adoring Sophocle's Electra, which I read in college, I decided to read the version of Euripedes, who critics claim writes far more cynically (about gods and humankind), to see how he handled the drama. Euripide's version was exalted, dark, and tragic, much like the version by Sophocles, but the characters and their motives were strikingly distinct. Euripides has the more somber and realistic vision of the two dramatists.
The character Electra as imagined by Euripides sank beneath hardship, self-
Like most of other readers, I also prefer Sophocles Electra, though the story is prety interesting to read in different perspectives ...
الکترا که پس از مرگ پدر و ازدواج دوباره ی مادر و تبعید برادر، تنها و مورد بی مهری مادر است، با کشاورزی ساده و مهربان ازدواج کرده است. مادرش کلی تمنسترا سرسپرده ی شوهر تازه اش ائه جیستوس، پادشاه آرگوس است. اورسته برادر الکترا که نزد پادشاه فوسیس بزرگ شده، با دوستش پیلادس، فرزند شاه، به آرگوس بازگشته است. اورسته بی آن که به پیلادس بگوید، به قصد انتقام مرگ پدر به آ
Oct 16, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek-drama
The Greeks really had a tendency of repeating themselves, didn't they? Often times , many plays by these ancient dramatists basically tell the same story, it's all just a matter of whose writing the reader/watcher prefers more. In the case of Electra, there are essentially two tellings of the exact same story, one by Euripides and one by Sophocles. I have already reviewed the Sophocles version, so I suppose I will do a review of this one as well.

I feel that there isn't really a need to go into t
Maan Kawas
Aug 23, 2013 Maan Kawas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful tragedy by the great ancient Greek playwright Euripides! The play is centered on revenge and justice, where the children of Clytemnestra, Electra and her brother Orestes avenge the murder of their own father by the hands of his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegistus at the end of the play. What I liked in Euripides’ version of the play is its somehow realistic form as well as the depiction of the deep psychological aspects and conflicts of the characters, shown, for instance, in th ...more
Jan 20, 2016 Selin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hakkında o kadar çok yazdım ki sadece notlarımı alacağım.
Öncelikle Bireysellik kavramının değişmesiyle (individuality)—
ya da baya bodoslama gidersek insanların 'kaderimde vardı napak' 'allah böyle yazmış alnıma' düşüncelerini kaybetmeye başlamasıyla diğer Electra tragedyalarına göre bence bir derece daha rahat anlaşılıyordu. Bir de Euripides'in günlük konuşma dilinde yazmış olması akıcılığı arttırmıştı.
Hatta Electra'nın bir karakteri vardı diğer anlatıların aksine.
Yine de zaman zaman sophoklesin
Jul 31, 2011 Kurt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't read a Greek play since high school, but this was very cheap at my favorite used book store. And I really liked it. Very simple in terms of plot - Electra and Orestes reunite after their mother and her lover kill their father and send Orestes into exile, and they (mostly Electra) decide that justice requires them to kill the killers. So they do. and that's pretty much it. But the Chorus is used well to represent kind of the values of the community, and I'm intrigued with the way that al ...more
Michelle Abramowitz
We finally got to find out how Aegisthus was murdered.
My favourite part of this play was seeing how Electra's character is written differently from her character in the Orestia. In there, she's given very little dialogue or agency, as apparently befits a woman of that time.
This Electra is outspoken, yelling at her relatives for the things they should have done for her, and taking an active part in the action of the story. Euripides writes women better, I guess.
Sarah Sabri
لا أقدر كثيرًا فن يوريبيديس، وكلما قرأت له أشعر أن رغبته في "التذاكي"، وفي دس أفكاره الفلسفية، ونقد زملائه تطغي بشكل كبير على اهتمامه بعمله من الناحية الفنية. كثيرًا ما يورط نفسه ويورط المتلقي معه في حبكة، وعندما تتعقد يلجأ إلى الحل السحري "إله من الآلة" لينهي المسرحية بدلًا منه. حتى أفكاره التي يحرص على دسها في العمل بمناسبة ودون مناسبة، أحيانًا ما نجده يتجاهلها أو يناقضها في مواضع أخرى. وبهذه المناسبة أين ذهب الفلاح المسكين النبيل الذي أدخله يوريبيديس على القصة من البداية ووظفه لخدمة أكثر من ه ...more
Aug 20, 2014 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama, ancient-world
Continuing my journey through Euripides, I read Electra, a story about filial piety, sacrifice, and repercussions. I had previously read Sophocles' version translated by Anne Carson. Electra is racked with pain from her father's murder, and not afraid to show it and seek revenge. Euripides loves strong female character, and unfortunately the deus ex machina. I know I say this a lot, but the predictable appearance of an all-powerful god or two bothers me. But this isn't enough to turn me away fro ...more
Alexander Rolfe
Dec 30, 2016 Alexander Rolfe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm still casting about trying to find a justification for the killing of Clytemnestra. This Electra faults Clytemnestra for lust, and says her (Electra's) exile is twice as bad as Iphigenia's death. Fail!

Orestes almost balks, wondering if it was a demon pretending to be a god telling him to do this. Interesting. And Electra feels some remorse afterwards. ...This was a tough one for the Greeks.

Jess Grayson
I liked the different take on Clytaemnestra's murder by Orestes and Electra, but I think I preferred Aeschylus' Oresteia!
I have no idea how to rate this book, but let's just say that I'm very glad that it's over.
Feb 13, 2017 Dmk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I generaly prefer Euripides I must admit I liked Sophocles' Electra more. Better and richer plot there and even argumentation is deeper and more sophisticated in Sophocles which is suprising given the fact that Euripides' play are usually more orientated towards characters argumenting for their view.
It is not a bad play but it just felt that 'till murders of Clytemnestra and her lover nothing really happened. The finale was really awesome. Orestes' final doubts, argumentation between Elect
Mar 13, 2017 Allyson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Euripides definitely knew how to write plays!
Aug 14, 2014 Christina-Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology
(Like I stated in a previous review, I really don't think ancient plays and books like these should be rated with stars... but I will give it a rating so it can count on my reading challenge:)) Besides it was a great play and it's amazing that it has survived and has been loved over two thousand years...

The characters Euripides created really struck me in this piece, more so than the other pieces. I knew the story of Clytemnestra from before, but the story I knew had been one-sided; it supported
Cymru Roberts
Apr 01, 2014 Cymru Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: greek-drama
This might be my favorite play by Euripides. It reaches Aeschylus levels of gravity with its beautiful language; the dark elegies of Electra are at the level of Sophocles; yet the play is pure Euripides. If the gods do exist then they are absent and any interaction with humanity is full of spite. I don’t know how serious to take the Dioscuri’s claim that Helen never went to Troy -- that Zeus sent a hologram of her just to cause so much death -- but that shit blew my mind!

Euripides continues his
Mina Soare
While slightly dry compared to Euripides' other endeavours, this rendition of Electre (translation Henri Berguin) is pleasant, if only for the novelty that is Electra's first husband (an honorable slave) and the author's poking fun at Aeschylus' Oresteia (I imagine he couldn't help himself)

On a larger scale, Euripides offers, together with Andromache and Medea a triad of exceptional women. While they are hardly original in their stories, having previously been the subjects of Homer, Sophoc
Después de leerme dos obras del autor, puedo decir claramente que su estilo no me acaba de llenar. Es divertido, eso no lo puedo negar, pero no le llega ni a la suela de los zapatos a otros autores clásicos como Sófocles o Aristófanes en el sentido cómico. Con ellos reía cada dos o tres páginas (bueno, con Aristófanes y su maravillosa obra Lisístrata me reí cada página, fue delirante), mientras que con Eurípides solo puedo reír una o dos veces por obra mientras giro los ojos al cielo durante los ...more
Fabiola Fulco Salazar
Ni Sófocles ni Eurípides lograron estar a la altura de "Las Coéforas" de Esquilo. Aunque es comprensible que los contextos son diferentes y que el mensaje de la obra claramente se enfoca en diferentes aspectos de la tragedia que encierra la historia de Electra y Orestes, tengo que admitir que de las tres piezas mi favorita sigue siendo la de Esquilo no solo por la forma de abordar el mito sino también porque me produjo mucha más emoción que las dos Electra.

Aunque debo confesar que me agradó el
Edward Cheer
I wasn't expecting much from Electra, and to be honest I was a little disappointed in reading it. The story is called "Electra", but I think should have actually been called "Orestes", since he was the character actually doing stuff in the play. Sure, Electra did help him murder their mother (and I did find her unlikable), but beyond that she doesn't do much. Even when she does talk to her mother to convince her to stay in her house, their conversation is mainly about their husbands. I know this ...more
Jul 29, 2011 Mathieu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Réjouissons-nous de vivre sans subir les coups du destin. C'est tout ce qu'il nous reste à nous, pauvres mortels."

Cette phrase qu'on trouve dans la bouche d'Electre résume assez bien le thème de la pièce ainsi que la façon dont les Grecs envisageaient leurs rapports aux dieux en général et aux évènements de la vie en particulier.

Sinon, on retrouve dans ce très beau texte les classiques de la tragédie grecque, les évènements s'enchaînant inéluctablement jusqu'au résultat final.

Les dialogues sont
May 03, 2016 Gill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
I read a third of this as a prelude to reading Mourning Becomes Electra, and then realised that that book is based on The Oresteia, not on Electra. So I'm leaving this, and starting that one instead.

I liked what I read here up to yet.
Mar 06, 2016 Boris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uvijek se rado vraćam grčkoj mitologiji. Medeja mi je ipak draža tragedija, al Elektra se odlično nadopunjuje na "sapunicu" o grčkim bozima i junacima. U ovoj "epizodi" tematizira se bratsko-sestrinska osveta (Orest i Elektra) koji su ubili svoju majku Klitemnestru i ljubavnika joj - Egista i tako osvetili oca Agamemnona. Prisutne su prepoznatljive forme Grčke tragedije po Aristotelovoj poetici pa tako imamo motiv prepoznavanja, peripetiju, zbor, zborovođu itd. Koju će mi biti slijedeća epizoda ...more
In this version of the revenge of Electra and Orestes on Aigisthos and Clytemnestra for the murder of Agammenon (there are several versions), Euripides shows Electra as stronger than her brother Orestes and really the instigator of the murders, for all Orestes carries them out. Except for the anti-feminist rantings coming from Electra about her mother, I enjoyed reading it. Nothing like a good revenge plot to finish off a pleasant summer day. :-)

If you are in to Greek drama, I recommend this tra
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(Greek: Ευριπίδης )
Euripides (Ancient Greek: Εὐριπίδης) (ca. 480 BC–406 BC) was the last of the three great tragedians of classical Athens (the other two being Aeschylus and Sophocles). Ancient scholars thought that Euripides had written ninety-five plays, although four of those were probably written by Critias. Eighteen of Euripides' plays have survived complete. It is now widely believed that wh
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