Aegisthus


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Ae·gis·thus

 (ĭ-jĭs′thəs)
n. Greek Mythology
The son of Thyestes and lover of Clytemnestra. He helped Clytemnestra kill her husband Agamemnon upon Agamemnon's return from the Trojan War.

Aegisthus

(iːˈdʒɪsθəs)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a cousin to and the murderer of Agamemnon, whose wife Clytemnestra he had seduced. He usurped the kingship of Mycenae until Orestes, Agamemnon's son, returned home and killed him

Ae•gis•thus

(iˈdʒɪs θəs)

n.
a cousin of Agamemnon who seduced Clytemnestra and was later killed by Orestes.
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Noun1.Aegisthus - (Greek mythology) the seducer of Clytemnestra and murderer of Agamemnon who usurped the throne of Mycenae until Agamemnon's son Orestes returned home and killed him
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References in classic literature ?
At that moment he was thinking of Aegisthus, who had been killed by Agamemnon's son Orestes; so he said to the other gods:
Look at Aegisthus; he must needs make love to Agamemnon's wife unrighteously and then kill Agamemnon, though he knew it would be the death of him; for I sent Mercury to warn him not to do either of these things, inasmuch as Orestes would be sure to take his revenge when he grew up and wanted to return home.
Then Minerva said, "Father, son of Saturn, King of kings, it served Aegisthus right, and so it would any one else who does as he did; but Aegisthus is neither here nor there; it is for Ulysses that my heart bleeds, when I think of his sufferings in that lonely sea-girt island, far away, poor man, from all his friends.
You are too old to plead infancy any longer; have you not heard how people are singing Orestes' praises for having killed his father's murderer Aegisthus? You are a fine, smart looking fellow; show your mettle, then, and make yourself a name in story.
It told of the dispute between Agamemnon and Menelaus, the departure from Troy of Menelaus, the fortunes of the lesser heroes, the return and tragic death of Agamemnon, and the vengeance of Orestes on Aegisthus. The story ends with the return home of Menelaus, which brings the general narrative up to the beginning of the "Odyssey".
Scornfully she snatches the dagger out of Aegisthus's hand and advances to the bed.
Clytemnestra!" Agamemnon could not be got to show in his classical tunic, but stood in the background with Aegisthus and others of the performers of the little play.
Her story finds its most ancient articulation in Homer's Odyssey, where the Queen is portrayed as a puppet of her lover Aegisthus, an irrational creature, an unfaithful wife, an adulterous perversion, and a 'stereotype of the malleable Greek woman' (Wolfe 2009, 695).
in his absence his wife, Clytaemnestra, and her lover, Aegisthus, have
Aegisthus, Clytemnestra's lover and co-conspirator, insists that Electra must accept the fake news because Orestes, upon liberation from the camp, will return and will find a situation in which the lie has been normalized.
After the king is gone, Clytemnestra assists her son Aegisthus to become king of Argos.
passions, (15) she falls prey to Aegisthus's manipulative power: