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(Ὀρέστης; Latin Orestes)

A. Myth

O. belongs to the Atreid family (Atreus and Thyestes), which is caught up in a chain of violence and revenge. He is the son of Agamemnon and Clytaemnestra, brother of Electra and Iphigenia. When his mother and her lover Aegisthus murder Agamemnon on the latter’s return from the Trojan War, O. is still a boy. To save his life, he is taken to a place of safety – according to most versions, the home of his uncle at Phocis. He grows up there with Phocis’ s…

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Tilg, Stefan, “Orestes”, 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 20 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps4_e900440>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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