agamemnon, the greek legend



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agamemnon, the greek legend - In Greek legend, king of Mycenae in Argos, and leader of the Greeks in the Trojan War. He was the brother of Menelaus, the husband of Helen, whose abduction by Paris was the cause of the war. The Greek fleet was assembled at Aulis but detained there by a calm sent by the goddess Artemis, whom Agamemnon had offended by killing a stag sacred to her. To appease the goddess, Agamemnon agreed to sacrifice his daughter Iphigeneia; at the moment of sacrifice, however, she was carried off in a cloud by Artemis.

In the tenth year of the war occurred the famous quarrel between Agamemnon and Achilles over the possession of the captive maiden Briseis. At the end of the war, when Agamemnon returned to Mycenae, he was murdered, together with the Trojan princess Cassandra, by his wife Clytaemnestra and her paramour Aegisthus. They were afterwards put to death by Agamemnon's son Orestes. The story is the subject of the trilogy— Agamemnon, Choephori, and Eumenides—of Aeschylus and of tragedies by Sophocles and Euripides.

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