Agamemnon

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The Rage of Achilles (detail Agamemnon), by Giovanni BattistaTiepolo (1696-1770)


Agamemnon also known as the glorious son of Atreus or lord of men was king of Mycenae and commander-in-chief of the coalition that attacked Troy and one of the central figures in the Iliad. Agamemnon was one of two sons of Atreus and Queen Aerope and the bro ther of Menelaus. He married Clytemnestra and their children were Orestes, Electra and Iphigenia. Agamemnoooon has a histiiory of "killing" other guys/people. fe Clytemnestra was actually married before, but Agamemnon killed her husband and then married her. His father was killed by his brother and Agamemnon fled the city with his br

Agamemnon being the commander-in-chief of the coalition that attacked Troy was described as many as a courageous and strong person despite his image as you can see in the picture and his overgrown beard. Although he was also described as an arrogant and overly proud person which sometimes lead him to his downfall and eventually his death by the hands of his wife's lover. His arrogance , strong temper, and being overly proud can be shown when he insulted the goddess Artemis saying that he was a better hunter than her (UH OH, WHAT A MISTAKE). As a result, Artemis caus ed the winds to prevent the Greek fleet from sailing to Troy. Being a strong warrior he probably was buff (HUGE LEGS) and had great skills in fighting. His eyes eyes and head are likened to those of Zeus, his girlde to that of Ares, and his breast? to that of Poseidon.

The Trojan War


The Greeks fought the people of Troy for nine years and seized many of their cities, but weren't able to capture the city of Troy. As said in the first paragraph Agamemnon was the commander-in-chief of the forces that attacked Troy during the Trojan war. As commander-in-chief he was a very important person to their forces. They encountered a probwas much better than Artemis and even sacrificed an animal sacred to Artemis. As a result Artemis commanded the winds to prevent the Greek fleet from sailing. The only way he could satisfy Artemis was he had to sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia which he eventually did (OMG)

As commander-in-chief he led the army, took the field himself and performed many heroic actions. During the war Agamemnon offended Achilles, the greatest of the Greek warriors when he took Brisels from him and this served as the main plot in the Iliad. He then took Cassandra the daughter of King Priam as his concubine and brought her back to Greece with him. He also killed Antiphus and many other Trojan soldiers during the war. In the end he had an unhappy homecoming as he encountered storms on his way back home and landed in Argolis or was blown off course and landed in Aegisthus's country. He was then murdered by Aegisthus, the lover of his wife when he was invited by him to a banquet.


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Other Story


There were other stories told about Agamemnon. One would be the story of how Agamemnon mourned the loss of his friend Argynnus when he drowned in the Cephisus river. As a sign of his love and respect for his friend he buried him and honored him with a shrine.

Trivia

-In works of art there is a resemblance between the way Zeus, the king of gods, and Agamemnon, the king of men are represented.
- Agamemnon's mare was name Aetha.
-He was portrayed in the 2004 movie Troy by Brian Cox and in the 2003 TV miniseries Helen of Troy by Rufus Sewell. :D
-Agamemnon is famous for carrying a "rod of rule", which is a specially crafted rod designed to bring heavenly power to its carrier that even Achilles was afraid of Agamemnon.
-Agamemnon has served as a model for characters in works by poet T.S. Eliot and playwright Eugene O'Neil.



Sources:

http://www.mythindex.com/greek-mythology/A/Agamemnon.html
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Murder of Agamemnon

http://www.pantheon.org/articles/a/agamemnon.html
http://homepage.mac.com/cparada/GML/Agamemnon.html
http://www.classicalresourcecentre.com/articles/008.htm
http://www.mlahanas.de/Greeks/Mythology/Agamemnon.html
http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/A-Am/Agamemnon.html