Aegisthus


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Aegisthus

(ējĭs`thəs), in Greek mythology, according to most legends the incestuous offspring of Thyestes and his daughter Pelopia. At Thyestes' behest Aegisthus revenged the murder of his brothers by killing his uncle AtreusAtreus
, in Greek mythology, the son of Pelops and the father of Agamemnon and Menelaus. He vied with his brother Thyestes for the throne of Mycenae. When Thyestes seduced Atreus' wife, Aerope, in order to attain the golden ram whose possession signified kingship, Atreus, in
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. Later, he was known as the lover of Clytemnestra and aided her in the murdering of her husband, Agamemnon. He was killed in revenge by Clytemnestra's son, Orestes.
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Meanwhile Aegisthus here at home plotted his evil deed.
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It is interesting to note that Seneca still continues the story in Agamemnon, where the ghost of Thyestes appears, demanding that Aegisthus, another of his sons, kill the Greek general Agamemnon, the son of Atreus, thus continuing the cycle of revenge and retribution.
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was less achievement than to speak for the ageless," he ends up stranded on a deserted island, hoist by his proverbial petard after Aegisthus knocks him unconscious with his own lyre; saved from despair by his invention of coded markings he calls "fiction" that he writes on goatskins, he finally reaches a critical mass point at which he begins "to run out of world and material" (166, 175, 186, 187; Barth's italics).
Aghast at this barbaric act, Thyestes cursed Atreus and his descendants and fled into exile with his remaining son Aegisthus.
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