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Euripides: Electra

6. The Meaning of the Ending

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In this final module, we consider the deus ex machina that ends the play, thinking in particular about the familial connections between Castor, Pollux, Orestes and Electra and asking the question —where is Apollo in all this?


In this course, Professor Judith Mossman (University of Nottingham) explores Euripides’ Electra, a play which depicts a brother and sister avenging their father’s death by killing their own mother. As we move through the course, we think about a number of issues, including: earlier treatments of the figure of Electra by Aeschylus and Sophocles, the characterisation of Electra and Clytemnestra, the scene in which Electra recognises her long-lost brother, the role of the Chorus in the play, and the meaning of the ending.


Judith Mossman is Professor of Classics at the University of Nottingham, and was formerly a Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin. She was educated at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Woldingham, and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and was a governor of Woldingham School from 1990-93. She is the author of two books and a number of edited volumes and articles on Euripides and Plutarch, and frequently gives talks on classical subjects to schools and summer schools. From 2005-9 she was Chair of the Joint Association of Classical Teachers (JACT) Classical Civilisation Committee.

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Mossman, J. (2018, August 15). Euripides: Electra - The Meaning of the Ending [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Mossman, J. "Euripides: Electra – The Meaning of the Ending." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 04 Sep 2018,

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