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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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Another feature of tyranny in Agamemnon and Choephori that would have resonated with Greek, especially Athenian, historical experience is the violation of the normative sex/gender system by the transgressive lovers Aigisthos and Klutaimestra, who murder her husband Agamemnon and seize power as tyrants.
After killing Agamemnon and Kassandra, Klutaimestra, in response to the Chorus's warning that" [she] must pay by blow for blow" (1429-30), brazenly claims that "the expectation of fear does not walk in my bed-chamber / as long as Aigisthos makes the fire shine / from my hearth" (Ag.
Zeus goes on to recount the story of Aigisthos and Orestes, which Athena takes as an opportunity to introduce Odysseus's plight into the conversation.