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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.
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(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
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(iˈdʒɪs θəs)

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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The audience would have responded similarly when, toward the end of the play, the Chorus sarcastically challenge Aigisthos: "So you will be tyrant of the Argives, you / who planned the murder of this man, but did not dare / to act and cut him down yourself" (1633-35; [phrase omitted]), and when, in Choephori, Orestes stands over the corpses of Aigisthos and Klutaimestra and calls on the Chorus (and in effect the theatre audience) to "behold the twofold tyranny of the land, / who killed my father and who sacked my house" (Cho.
An important mythological hypotext in Doody's novel is provided by the fate of Orestes and Elektra after they have murdered Aigisthos and Klytaimnestra in retaliation for the latter's murder of Agamemnon.
Similarly, other acclaimed villains such as Aigisthos and even Herakles pervert the ethics of the feast by murdering their guests at table (Od.