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.
Sophocles: The Plays and Fragments, with critical notes, commentary, and translation in English prose. Part VI: The Electra. Sir Richard C. Jebb. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press. 1894.
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