It has hitherto been generally held that the Electra of Sophocles belongs to an earlier date than its Euripidean namesake. A contrary view is however maintained by v. Wilamowitz, who further thinks that the Electra of Euripides was the stimulus which moved Sophocles to treat the subject1. Certain relations (the able critic contends) exist between the two plays which show that one of them was influenced by the other, and a closer scrutiny proves that the play of Euripides was the original. I propose to examine this view. The first resemblance to which the critic points is between
The openings of the two plays compared.
Relation of Electra to Clytaemnestra.
Argument from general probability.
The Electra of Sophocles is one of his later plays.