In Sophocles' Electra, it is revealed at the end that one of the guards there is Electra's long lost brother. What is the name of this guard? I have looked for it online, and in the book he is referred to by his title.

  • Eh? Orestes, of course. The tragedy tells the story of his revenge, I'd thought he wouldn't be easy to forget.
    – yannis
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 12:39
  • Its not Orestes. The person who I am talking about was never referred to by name in the book. Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 13:04
  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​What book? There's no mention of another brother in the play (check out this translation for example). Could it be that the book you've read wasn't particularly faithful to the original material?
    – yannis
    Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 17:28
  • The book I am refering to is part of the dover thrift collection, here is a link to it on google books: books.google.com/… Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 18:28

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While the passage in question is unreadable through Google Books, I fear you've just misunderstood the translation. This is the part, right?


That's not her brother. She has but one brother, Orestes, and the "guardian" is actually the pedagogue (paidagōgos).

  • yes, you are right! I was thinking of the Guardian. Thank you. Commented Jun 11, 2015 at 23:11

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