A kommos. It falls into two principal parts. (1)
1398—1421; the death of Clytaemnestra. (2)
1422— 1441; Orestes and Pylades re-enter; Aegisthus
approaches; and they prepare to receive him.
The general structure of this kommos is clearly strophic; but
critics differ on details. The simplest view is that of Dindorf
and others, that vv. 1398—1421 form a single
strophe,=antistr. 1422— 1441. The lyric verses 1407,
1413—4, and 1419—1421, correspond
respectively with 1428, 1433—4, and
1439—1441: for these, see Metrical Analysis. It is
usually held, with Hermann, that the correspondence of the
iambic trimeters also must be exact. This makes it necessary to
assume a gap in our text after v. 1427 (n.), and a second after
1429 (n.), besides the defect in 1432. See Appendix.
Electra hastens out of the house. She performs the part of an
far as to describe the situation at this moment in the house:
then Clytaemnestra's cry is heard, like that of the dying king
in Aesch. Ag.
1343 ff. In the Orestes (408 B.C.) Electra
has a similar part, perhaps suggested by this. Helen's cry is
heard within, and Electra says to the Chorus (1297), “ἠκούσαθ̓; ἅνδρεςχεῖρ᾽ἔχουσινἐνφόνῳ”.
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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