Ramus volume 45, issue 2, P165-191 2016 DOI: 10.1017/rmu.2016.9 View full text
Rosa Andújar

Abstract: At the close of Euripides's Electra, the Dioscuri suddenly appear 'on high' to their distraught niece and nephew, who have just killed their mother, the divine twins' mortal sister. This is in fact the second longest extant deus ex machina (after the final scene in Hippolytus), and the only scene in which a tragedian attempts to resolve directly the aftermath of the matricide. In this article, I argue that Castor and Polydeuces' sudden apparition to Orestes and Electra constitutes a specialized point of inter…

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