Atreus and Thyestes
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(Ἀτρεύς [Atreús]; Latin Atreus; Θυέστης [Thyéstès]; Latin Thyestes)

A. Myth

Since antiquity, A. and T., sons of Pelops and Hippodamia, have been regarded as epitomizing fraternal hatred. However, Homer knew neither their enmity nor the meal at which A. feeds the children of T. to their father (Hom. Il. 2,100–108). They eliminate their half-brother Chrysippus with the help of their mother, in order to gain full inheritance of the wealth of Pelops (Hyg. Fab…

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Baldarelli, Beatrice, “Atreus and Thyestes”, 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 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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