18 Facts About Agamemnon


Agamemnon was the son, or grandson, of King Atreus and Queen Aerope, the brother of Menelaus, the husband of Clytemnestra and the father of Iphigenia, Electra, Laodike, Orestes and Chrysothemis.

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Agamemnon was killed upon his return from Troy, either by his wife's lover Aegisthus or by his wife herself.

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Agamemnon had a sister Anaxibia who married Strophius, the son of Crisus.

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Agamemnon extended his dominion by conquest and became the most powerful prince in Greece.

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Agamemnon gathered the reluctant Greek forces to sail for Troy.

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Agamemnon stole an attractive slave called Briseis, one of the spoils of war, from Achilles.

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Agamemnon then received a dream from Zeus telling him to rally his forces and attack the Trojans in book 2.

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In book 19 Agamemnon reconciled with Achilles, giving him the offered rewards for returning to the war, before Achilles went out to turn back the Trojans and duel Hector.

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Agamemnon volunteered for the javelin throwing contest, one of the games being held in Patroclus honor, but his skill with the javelin is so well known that Achilles awarded him the prize without contest.

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Clytemnestra, Agamemnon's wife, has taken Aegisthus, son of Thyestes, as a lover.

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Agamemnon's family history is rife with misfortune, born from several curses contributing to the miasma around the family.

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Agamemnon is forced to sacrifice his own daughter, Iphigenia, to appease the gods and allow the Greek forces to sail for Troy.

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Agamemnon is later killed by his wife, Clytemnestra, who conspires with her new lover Aegisthus in revenge for the death of Iphigenia.

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Fortunes of Agamemnon have formed the subject of numerous tragedies, ancient and modern, the most famous being the Oresteia of Aeschylus.

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Agamemnon's tomb was pointed out among the ruins of Mycenae and at Amyclae.

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Agamemnon is generally depicted with a sceptre and diadem, conventional attributes of kings.

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Agamemnon's is one of two horses driven by Menelaus at the funeral games of Patroclus.

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In Homer's Odyssey Agamemnon makes an appearance in the kingdom of Hades after his death.

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