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n. Greek Mythology
A king of Mycenae who unknowingly ate the flesh of his own sons, served to him by his brother Atreus, as revenge for seducing his wife and usurping the throne.

[Greek Thuestēs.]
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(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth son of Pelops and brother of Atreus, with whose wife he committed adultery. In revenge, Atreus killed Thyestes' sons and served them to their father at a banquet
Thyestean, Thyestian adj
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He must be one who is highly renowned and prosperous,--a personage like Oedipus, Thyestes, or other illustrious men of such families.
Now, the best tragedies are founded on the story of a few houses, on the fortunes of Alcmaeon, Oedipus, Orestes, Meleager, Thyestes, Telephus, and those others who have done or suffered something terrible.
Atreus, when he died, left it to Thyestes, rich in flocks, and Thyestes in his turn left it to be borne by Agamemnon, that he might be lord of all Argos and of the isles.
"'Your brother and his ships escaped, for Juno protected him, but when he was just about to reach the high promontory of Malea, he was caught by a heavy gale which carried him out to sea again sorely against his will, and drove him to the foreland where Thyestes used to dwell, but where Aegisthus was then living.
Other notable feats in the saddle included his 1956 Thyestes Chase win on Sam Brownthorn, the Kerry National in 1954 and 1957 on Carey's Cottage and Trinculo and six Troytown Chase wins at Navan on Icelough (1955), Mr What (1957), Soltown (1958), Double Crest (1959), Loving Record (1961) and Solfen (1962).
ALPHA Des Obeaux, runner-up to Invitation Only in the Thyestes and a gallant second to Rathvinden in the Bobbyjo at Fairyhouse on Saturday, tops the weights for the Toalsbet Leinster National, which will be run at Naas on Sunday week, March 10.
Their topics include sententiousness in Roman comedy: a moralizing reading, Plautus undoing himself: what is funny and what is Plautine in Stichus and Trinummus, basket case: material girl and animate object in Plautus' Cistellaria, when reason surrenders its authority: Thyestes' approach to Atreus' palace, Petronian spectacles: the Widow of Ephesus generically revisited, and Seneca's Thyestes: three female translators into English.
He'll probably for go for the Deloitte Novice Hurdle at Leopardstown next." In other news Elliott has the Goffs Thyestes Chase at Gowran in mind for his Paddy Power Chase runner-up Ucello Conti.
The Crafty Butcher ran a good race to finish fourth in the Grade Two Woodlands Park 100 Club Novice Chase, while The Job Is Right would have been second in the Thyestes last week, but for unseating his rider at the last.
Dit is die Thyestes van Lucius Annaeus Seneca wat in die eerste eeu n.C.
Sent off the 11-10 favourite after finishing second in the Thyestes Chase, The Midnight Club moved powerfully for Paul Townend and was bang there heading to the final fence.
Siegemaster gave weight and a beating to his 17 rivals in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park yesterday, to provide a first win in the race for Dessie Hughes in his long career as jockey and trainer.