In greek mythology, clytemnestra was the wife of agamemnon, king of mycenae or argos she was the daughter of tyndareus and leda , rulers of sparta , and sister of castor , polydeuces , and helen. Aeschylus' clytemnestra versus her senecan tradition scene in which clytemnestra takes the principal role in the murder of agamemnon clytemnestras, whose. The oresteia (ancient greek: ὀρέστεια) is a trilogy of greek tragedies written by aeschylus in the 5th century bc, concerning the murder of agamemnon by clytaemnestra, the murder of clytaemnestra by orestes, the trial of orestes, the end of the curse on the house of atreus and pacification of the erinyes. Clytemnestra the daughter tyndareus and leda she was the wife of agamemnon and was by him the mother of chrysothemis , electra , iphigeneia , and orestes. In agamemnon, clytemnestra is a morbidly obsessive woman, utterly consumed by the murder of her daughter for which the audience cannot help but sympathise she is capable only of vengeance in the electra, clytemnestra is placed in an even more sympathetic light, victimised by her own daughter who in turn is driven by an obsessive desire.
Agamemnon describes the homecoming of agamemnon, king of argos, from the trojan war, and his return to his wife, clytemnestra, who had been planning his murder (in concert with her lover, aegisthus) as revenge for agamemnon's earlier sacrifice of their daughter, iphigenia. A series of complex questions arise in the wake of agamemnon's murder most of them are introduced by the chorus we might usefully think of this as the beginning of a kind of internal interpretation. Agamemnon, clytemnestra, and iphigenia next in a nutshell this story is like a mash-up between a soap opera and a really grisly horror movie (uh, awesome.
The tragic poets have variously modified the story of the murder of agamemnon aeschylus 40 makes clytemnestra alone murder agamemnon: she threw a net over him while. Clytemnestra's defense authors the oresteia is a trilogy of greek tragedies written by aeschylus concerning the murder of iphigenia by agamemnon, the murder of. Clytemnestra single-handedly plots the murder of agamemnon and cassandra, his concubine clytemnestras flaw was that she could not see past her own grief, anger. While agamemnon is away, aegisthus plotted to seduce clytemnestra and murder agamemnon once he returned from the trojan war as the years passed, and there was no word that the war was anywhere near an end, clytemnestra weakened and welcomed the sensuous advances of aegisthus. Even though agamemnon gets a shout-out in the play's title, clytemnestra may well be its most interesting character by interesting, we don't mean likable - after all, technically speaking, she is a liar, a two-timer, and a murderer.
Agamemnon gone, clytemnestra and aegisthus become lovers clytemnestra and aegisthus intend to kill agamemnon on his return from troy agamemnon , victor at troy, returns to argos with cassandra , priam's daughter, among the spoils. Agamemnon's son orestes eventually avenged the murder by murdering both clytemnestra and aegisthus with the help of his sister electra agamemnon in literature agamemnon is a favorite character in many works of literature besides the iliad and the odyssey. For example, he brings the mythic cycle of agamemnon-clytemnestra-orestes into contact with the episodes of the trojan war and its aftermath, and even has orestes attempt murder on menelaus' wife, helen. The murder of agamemnon there's something satisfying to me in this story that is often missed in those true crime documentaries-we actually get the why and the how all at the same time clytemnestra feels justified in her actions, and gladly tells the details of how she murdered her husband and his slave-girl.
In old versions of the story, the scene of the murder, when it is specified, aegisthus and clytemnestra then ruled agamemnon's kingdom for a time,. When agamemnon returned, bringing as his slave the trojan princess cassandra, clytemnestra welcomed him warmly and led him to the fateful bath in some versions of the story it is aegisthos actually wielding the ax, and in others it is clytemnestra. Agamemnon is a fabula crepidata (roman tragedy with greek subject) of c 1012 lines of verse written by lucius annaeus seneca in the first century ad, which tells the story of agamemnon, who was killed by his wife clytemnestra in his palace after his return from troy.
Agamemnon and menelaus found refuge in sparta, in the court of king tyndareus, and they later married tyndareus' daughters, clytemnestra and helen respectively after tyndareus ' death, menelaus became king, while agamemnon managed to retake the throne of mycenae, exiling aegisthus and his father. In his new novel, house of names, colm toibin revisits the story of clytemnestra, wife of agamemnon, heroine for the ages.
The story of agamemnon's death and the faithlessness of clytemnestra is not the main focus of the odyssey, but it is still featured quite prominently zeus refers to aegisthus' adulterous affair with clytemnestra, his murder of agamemnon, and his death at the hands of orestes in the very beginning of the poem, where he tells it to the other. He not only shows no regret for what he did in planning the murder of agamemnon, using his wife as a tool, he plans to profit handsomely by it, enjoying his victim's wealth, wife, and kingdom clytemnestra is the first to mention aegisthus's name, in line 1436-she is not afraid of any punishment as long as she has him. Agamemnon: the return of the victorious agamemnon from troy, and his murder at the hands of his wife, clytemnestra, in revenge for sacrificing their daughter, iphigeneia cassandra, princess of troy and agamemnon's captive, is also killed. Why did clytemnestra kill agamemnon what are the names of agamemnon and clytemnestras' daughters there are two different stories: agamemnon sacrificed their daughter, iphigenia, and.