Orestes


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O·res·tes

 (ô-rĕs′tēz)
n. Greek Mythology
The son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, who with his sister Electra avenged the murder of his father by murdering his mother and her lover Aegisthus.
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Orestes

(ɒˈrɛstiːz)
n
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, who killed his mother and her lover Aegisthus in revenge for their murder of his father
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O•res•tes

(ɔˈrɛs tiz, oʊˈrɛs-)

n.
the legendary son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra, who, together with his sister Electra, avenged the murder of his father by killing his mother and her lover, Aegisthus.
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Noun1.Orestes - (Greek mythology) the son of Agamemnon and ClytemnestraOrestes - (Greek mythology) the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra; his sister Electra persuaded him to avenge Agamemnon's death by killing Clytemnestra and Aegisthus
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
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Translations

Orestes

[ɒˈrɛstiːz] nOreste
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References in classic literature ?
Thus Iphigenia is revealed to Orestes by the sending of the letter; but another act of recognition is required to make Orestes known to Iphigenia.
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.
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?
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.
I may add that they say the author left it on record that he likened their friendship to that of Nisus and Euryalus, and Pylades and Orestes; and if that be so, it may be perceived, to the admiration of mankind, how firm the friendship must have been between these two peaceful animals, shaming men, who preserve friendships with one another so badly.
"Well, we are very good friends; we are such a brother and sister as have not been seen since Orestes and Electra.
They were valiant Teuthras, and Orestes the renowned charioteer, Trechus the Aetolian warrior, Oenomaus, Helenus the son of Oenops, and Oresbius of the gleaming girdle, who was possessed of great wealth, and dwelt by the Cephisian lake with the other Boeotians who lived near him, owners of a fertile country.
In Flaxman's drawing of the Eumenides of Aeschylus, Orestes supplicates Apollo, whilst the Furies sleep on the threshold.
The trilogy culminates with the trial of Orestes in Athens.
Toibin's Leander has all the requisite heroic and romantic qualities, but he succumbs to the shrewd deal-making of latter day politicians while denying his previous love relationship with Orestes.