Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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Agamemnon and Clytaemnestra
(4,163 words)

(Ἀγαµέµνων [Agamémnòn], Κλυταιµνήστρα/ Κλυταιµήστρα [Klytaim(n)Ëstra], Latin Agamemnon, Clytaem(n)estra)

A. Myth

A. is a son of Atreus (Atreus and Thyestes) and brother of Menelaus. After Aegisthus, a descendant of Thyestes, has taken revenge on Atreus for the murder of his siblings, A. becomes King of Mycene. He takes C., daughter of Tyndareus and Leda (sister of Helen), as his wife after winning her in war (Eur. IA 1149ff.) and killing her first husband. Their children are Iphigenia, Electra, Chrysothemis and Orestes.

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Baldarelli, Beatrice, “Agamemnon and Clytaemnestra”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 06 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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