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Electra invokes, (1) the house of Hades and his bride Persephone, in which the spirit of Agamemnon now dwells; (2) Hermes, who, as “ψυχοπομπός”, conducted him thither,—and who will also guide the avengers on their way (1395 f.); (3) “Ἀρά”, the imprecation uttered by the victim upon his murderers,—the personified curse, here conceived as a supernatural power (“πότνια”), which calls the Erinyes into action; and (4) the Erinyes themselves.

Ἀΐδου gives a finer rhythm than “Αιδου” here. In 137 “Ἀΐδα” has a similar recommendation; and in 833 “Ἀΐδαν” is required by metre, as “Ἀΐδᾳ” is in Ph. 861.

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