Agamemnon


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Agamemnon

(ă'gəmĕm`nŏn), in Greek mythology, leader of the Greek forces in the Trojan War; king of Mycenae (or Argos). He and Menelaus were sons of Atreus and suffered the curse laid upon PelopsPelops
, in Greek mythology, son of Tantalus. He was murdered by his father, who served his flesh at a banquet for the gods. The gods recognized this abominable trick, punished Tantalus and restored Pelops, giving him an ivory shoulder to replace the one Demeter had unwittingly
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. Agamemnon married Clytemnestra, and their children were Iphigenia, Electra, and Orestes. To win favorable winds for the ships sailing against Troy, he sacrificed Iphigenia to Artemis and thus incurred the hatred of Clytemnestra. After arriving at Troy, he quarreled bitterly with Achilles over possession of the captive princess Briseis. Agamemnon was forced to yield the girl to Achilles after the latter withdrew, with his troops, from the war. On his return home, Agamemnon was treacherously murdered by Clytemnestra and her lover, Aegisthus. To avenge his death, Orestes and Electra killed their mother.

Agamemnon

[‚ag·ə′mem·nən]
(astronomy)
An asteroid, one of a group of Trojan planets whose periods of revolution are approximately equal to that of Jupiter, or about 12 years.
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Agamemnon assembles the Greek tribes, who agree that the breach of honour must be avenged.
The Greek residents and tourists in Egypt believed that the statues' sounds symbolized Agamemnon singing and oracles to his mother Eos, Goddess of Dawn.
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When he sees the wily Odysseus, who has not yet heard the call to action, Agamemnon accuses him of being an idler (Achilles has by now retreated to his tent, on the outs with Agamemnon), a profiteer (Agamemnon himself has alienated Achilles because of his greed), and quicker to feast than to fight (Agamemnon will end up sending Odysseus to have dinner with Achilles and to try to persuade him to rejoin the ranks).
IT will look ahead to Women's Day on March 8 and showcase some of the finest orchestral music in recent years, from the heroine's anguish in Rhian Samuel's Clytemnestra for soprano and orchestra and based on the Greek Tragedy Agamemnon, to Hilary Tann's 'deepest respect' to the victims of Tiananmen Square in The Open Field.
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Agamemnon is torn between love for his daughter and a sense of duty to the host of Greek soldiers that he has led to Aulis in a campaign to reclaim Helen (wife to his brother, Menelaus), from the Trojans.
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