Euripides V Setting & Symbolism

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Argos (from Electra)

Argos is the land that Agamemnon once ruled, which is now ruled by his wife, Clytemnestra, and her lover Aegisthus, who murdered Agamemnon on his victorious return from Troy.

The Farmer's Cottage (from Electra)

The action of Electra takes place outside the farmer's cottage where Electra now lives.

The Butchering Knife (from Electra)

Aegisthus is butchering a bull to sacrifice to the gods when Orestes kills him, and Orestes uses the butchering knife to kill Aegisthus.

The Bull's Intestines (from Electra)

Aegisthus looks at the bull's guts to see a prediction of the future, and he sees his own doom moments before Orestes kills him.

Thebes (from The Phoenician Women)

Thebes is the land once ruled by Oedipus, now ruled by his son Eteocles. Eteocles has seized the power that he should have shared with his brother Polyneices, who has been exiled. Polyneices has married...

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