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The Second Stasimon Of Euripides’ Electra

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This chapter deals with the second Stasimon of Euripides' Electra. Two striking odes in Euripides' Electra, seemingly remote from the plot, are given relevance by a concluding 'moral' addressed to Clytemnestra. In the First Stasimon (432-86), the theme of the famous god-given Arms of Achilles prompts the reflection that Clytemnestra's adulterous husband-killing was particularly heinous in that Agamemnon was the royal commander of such glorious heroes. In the Second Stasimon (699- 746), the legend of the Golden Lamb and the associated metastasis of the sun and stars serves to remind Clytemnestra of what she had apparently forgotten in her impious conduct. Both odes, leaning on a single manuscript (L), are variously corrupt.

Keywords: Electra; Agamemnon; Clytemnestra; Euripides; Golden Lamb; Stasimon



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