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Agamemʹnon

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King of Argos, in Greece, and commander-in-chief of the allied Greeks who went to the siege of Troy. The fleet being delayed by adverse winds at Aulis, Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter Iphʹigeniʹa to Diana, and the winds became at once favourable.—Homer’s Iliad.

“Till Agamemnon’s daughter’s blood

Appeased the gods that them withstood.”



His brother was Menelāos.

His daughters were Iphigenia, Electra, Iphianassa, and Chrysothemis (Sophocles).

He was grandson of Pelops.

He was killed in a bath by his wife Clytemnestra, after his return from Troy.

His son was Orestēs, who slew his mother for murdering his father, and was called Agamemnonidēs.

His wife was Clytemnestra, who lived in adultery with Egistheus. At Troy he fell in love with Cassandra, a daughter of King Priam.

Vixēre fortes antĕ Agamemnona (“there are hills beyond Pentland, and fields beyond Forth”), i.e., we are not to suppose that our own age or locality monopolises all that is good.—Hor. Od. iv. 9, 25. We might add, et post Agamemnŏna vivent.


Great men there lived ere Agamemnon came,

And after him will others rise to fame.”—E.C.B.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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