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Clytemnestra hesitates before killing the slee...

Clytemnestra hesitates before killing the sleeping Agamemnon. On the left, Aegisthus urges her on. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In Greek mythology Electra (Greek: bright or brilliant one) was the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. Electra plotted with her brother Orestes to kill their mother out of revenge for their father’s death, because Agamemnon had been murdered by Clytemnestra and her lover.

In some variants of the myth Electra merely urges Orestes to do the crime. In Euripides (c. 480-406 BCE) play Electra, however, she is actively involved in Clytemnestra’s murder.

Electra is also the name of several other major figures in Greek myth.

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