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Timeline of Events

  • Years before Trojan War

    Thyestes curses the House of Atreus.

    Prologos
  • End of Trojan War

    Agamemnon returns from the Trojan War.

    Prologos
  • End of Trojan War

    Clytaemnestra murders Agamemnon.

    Prologos
  • End of Trojan War

    Clytaemnestra and Aegisthus seize power.

    Prologos
  • Years after Trojan War

    Apollo orders Orestes to avenge his father.

    Prologos
  • Years after Trojan War

    Orestes returns to Argos.

    Prologos
  • Morning Orestes returns

    Electra pours libations over her father's grave.

    Episode 1
  • Morning Orestes returns

    Electra and Orestes are reunited.

    Episode 1
  • Evening Orestes returns

    Orestes murders Aegisthus and Clytaemnestra.

    Episode 3
  • Evening Orestes returns

    The Furies begin to pursue Orestes.

    Exodos

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Part Summary
Prologos The play begins several years after Agamemnon's murder and the end of the Trojan War. Agamemnon is buried in Argos. As t... Read More
Parodos The chorus members, slave women working at the Argos royal palace, have been sent to take "libations for the dead." They... Read More
Episode 1 Electra asks the Chorus what she should say to pay tribute to her father as she pours libations. She's not strong enough... Read More
Stasimon 1 The Chorus describes horrors found in nature. They fear "monsters" in the sea, "fiery lights" in the sky, and storms. Bu... Read More
Episode 2 Orestes, in disguise, knocks on the door of the Argos royal palace with Pylades. After he knocks three times, a servant ... Read More
Stasimon 2 The chorus asks Zeus to restore the house of Atreus and deliver justice. They compare Orestes to an "orphan colt" and im... Read More
Episode 3 Aegisthus enters from inside the palace. He's been told travelers have come with the news of Orestes's death—one more bu... Read More
Stasimon 3 The Chorus Leader grieves the deaths of Clytaemnestra and Aegisthus, but she's glad Orestes, the longsuffering hope of t... Read More
Exodos The palace doors open again. Orestes and Pylades stand beside the dead bodies of Clytaemnestra and Aegisthus. Attendants... Read More
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