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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Chryses," said he, "King Agamemnon has sent me to bring you back your child, and to offer sacrifice to Apollo on behalf of the Danaans, that we may propitiate the god, who has now brought sorrow upon the Argives.
King Agamemnon has dishonoured him by taking his prize and keeping her.
If you know anything whatsoever about the fall of the House of Atrius, you'll probably recall that Agamemnon met a bad end at the hands of his queen, Clytemnestra, prompting their two children - Electra and Orestes - to take fate into their own hands and spill more blood.
And in Wolfgang Petersen's Troy Achilles may be the sword with which Agamemnon conquers neighboring kingdoms, but he is a gentler warrior than Homer ever knew.
Menelaus' brother Agamemnon (Cox) unites the tribes of Greece to steal Helen back from Troy, enlisting the services of the greatest warrior alive, Achilles (Pitt).
The Agamemnon sailed from Liverpool on April 19 1866 with the Ajax following on July 1 and the Achilles on August 19.
He steals her away from her husband Menelaus, who furiously turns to his brother Agamemnon for help in wreaking hisrevenge.
She rightly thinks of Agamemnon when lovers in Arden of Faversham plot to immobilize the husband with a towel and then murder him, but when one says to "stab him till his flesh be as a sieve" are we really to recall Elizabeth's "Sieve Portrait" (98)?
The film Troy sees Dundee-born actor play Agamemnon, who launches the Trojan wars to win back his sister-in-law Helen.
The 56-year-old Scot will swap the streets of Auld Reekie for the ramparts of Troy to play Agamemnon, who launched the Trojan wars.
Briefly, Iphigenia, the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra and a member of one of the most dysfunctional families in literature, enjoyed a dual fate.
Divided into three parts, the ballet does not try to retell the famous saga of Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, and Orestes as recounted by Aeschylus, the father of Greek tragedy.