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King Agamemnon returns from the Trojan War with a new concubine, Cassandra. During the war, his wife, Clytemnestra, has taken Agamemnon's cousin Aegisthus to be her lover.

Cassandra kills the king and his concubine, believing the adultery was justified, since Agamemnon had sacrificed their daughter Iphigeneia before the war, for the gods commanded this way.

Electra, the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, manages to rescue her infant brother Orestes from her mother, by sending him to Strophius of Phocis.

The tragedy begins, years later, with Orestes returning for revenge. Orestes arrives together with his friend Pylades, son of Strophius and his tutor. Their plan is to announce Orestes has died in a chariot accident, and to deceive everybody he and his friend are just two men delivering the urn with remains.
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