As women, they both challenge the roles to which female characters are ordinarily assigned. These topics are collected in his Metaphysics. Clytemnestra and Aegisthus also slaughtered Cassandra. Orestes decides to kill her for killing his father. But on many others I’ve read that she was in fact Helena’s daughter, born out of a rape. He killed them both. Answer: Clytemnestra appears in both the Iliad and the Odyssey. Question: Where do I find Clytemnestra saying: “So there he lay and as he gasped, his blood spouted and splashed me with black spray – a dew of death, sweet to me as heaven’s sweet raindrops”, Answer: You can find this quote in Aeschylus’s “Agamemnon,” after Clytemnestra has killed Agamemnon and Cassandra. But she lost her battle and she was one of the last women to have power from the Greek system. Clytemnestra was a queen while Medea was just a princess. When Agamemnon returned from Troy with Cassandra as his consort, they were both murdered by Aegisthus and Clytemnestra. So Athena cast the deciding vote and he was absolved. Medea used potions and spells. She commanded the respect of many in her community and she commanded the servants in her household. Her name is also spelled ‘Clytaemestra’, She is mentioned just once in the Iliad of Homer: Agamemnon states in Book I “the daughter of Chryses. Answer: She was an attractive woman and a queen. Tyndaris is perhaps this name but I am not able to translate it. Question: Love turns to hate in these three stories. A similar but better name would be Κλυμένης — Clymene — ‘famous for ability’ from Greek ‘κλειυός’,’famous’ and ‘μένος’, ‘might, force’ from Indo-European ‘kleu’ to hear and ‘magh-1’, ‘To be able, have power’. But even Aristotle knew that they did not describe physical reality. In the legend, he is the King of Mycenae and the leader of the Greek army in the Trojan War. And none of the company of Atreides that were of his following were left, nor any of the men of Aegisthus, but they were all killed in the halls.”. Didn’t he? I’m not really the feminist-type of woman; not at all. Who wrote about the births of Helena and Clytemnestra? The ambiguity is somewhat clarified by the fact that Orestes was told by Apollo to kill his mother Clytemnestra as vengeance for her act. Question: do you think that clytemenstra is in the right. Answer: Her feelings must be induced from the various plays written about her. She actually was intended for slavery but got to marry Pleisthenes, the father of Agamemnon instead. But this situation Clytemnestra was in screams for a more womkan-friendly view. Both Archeology and Ancient Sources suggest that only a short time before Antigone, the culture of Greece was involved in the overthrow of a Goddess based religion by the religion that we know of ancient Greece with Zeus as its head god. Tell me why, not what. By Aegisthus she bore a daughter, Erigone. Question: what was Agamemnon’s husband’s name. Can you identify the painting and the artist, and can you advise where a print may be obtained? She could get no satisfaction for these crimes in the civil court because Agamemnon was king and would decide all such cases. These are patronymic names. Since she was queen she thought she should have her way. In the Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides Clytemnestra speaks to Agamemnon: The name ‘Clytemnestra’ seems to have Indo-European roots in “kleu-” to hear “tem-” to cut. Question: Does Clyemnestra have a name link to the present as in Ajax was a strong and powerful god and Ajax is a strong and powerful cleaning produces, is there any links? But we would want her to submit to the rule of law and not act in such a violent way. Answer: A research library may be able to help you with this. Clytemnestra was jealous, and still angry with Agamemnon for having killed their daughter Iphigenia at Aulis, so she (or her lover, Aegisthus, Agamemnon's cousin), killed Agamemnon and Cassandra. But there is precedence for the rule of domains by women. And then he sacrificed Iphegenia. If the myths can reduce your anxiety or inspire you then they may have accomplished their mission. You also said they both died young. You ripped from my breast my new-born child and smashed it on the ground. Women were often called by a feminine version of their father’s name. Question: Clytemnestra’s character as a masculine character towards the end of the Agememnon play. This references a Maiden who can yield many ox hides from her suitors. I’m not saying I think it’s the right thing to do; of course not. The situation of Clytemnestra is the same. But I can’t really find much or any information about their relationship. Or you might simply seize her and carry her off, in which case the property was sort of a ransom. I’ve got another question. I am trying to compare her to someone from the last few centuries who may have had a similar situation to Clytemnestra. When Tantalus was killed by Agamemnon she became his wife. One group of Amazons lived in the region of modern Tunisia. Answer: I do not think Clytemnestra is a very good model. Answer: Pausanias says: “Hard by is a sanctuary of the goddesses which the Athenians call the August, but Hesiod in the Theogony4 calls them Erinyes (Furies). When Jocasta’s husband was killed and Oedipus became king he married her because she went along with the domain. The cycle of blood does not stop there. As nobody knows what the truth is; it’s too long ago. Question: what do you think that this story suggests about ancient Greek mythic understandings of relationships between deities, heroes and mortals and where does clytemnestra fit into the wider frameworks of greek mythology? So how come his brother Agamemnon was such a bad man? One reason for suggesting Agamemnon was not her father was because at 16 she would be a better match for Achilles. Gill is a Latinist, writer, and teacher of ancient history and Latin. It’s just too long ago. In Greek mythology, Clytemnestra was the wife of Agamemnon, king of Mycenae or Argos. Answer: Clytemnestra is a character in the following plays: Jocasta is a character in the Oedipus Rex by Sophocles. So he referred to some facts as “from the poets”. Orestes did kill his mother but he was not guilty of murder. So Hermes spoke, but for all his good intent he prevailed not upon the heart of Aegisthus; and now he has paid the full price of all.”. He brought him up to his house, all unwitting of his doom, and when he had feasted him slew him, as one slayeth an ox at the stall. It was bitter disappointment. There was mount Olympus, and the Gods and Godesses were immortal, and they had special powers. And for seven years he ruled over Mycenae, rich in gold, after he slew the son of Atreus, and the people were subdued unto him. And that shameless one turned her back upon me, and had not the heart to draw down my eyelids with her fingers nor to close my mouth. Question: How were women in Antigone’s time treated in society? She says “You took me by force. Answer: Medea killed her children. So when Agamemnon killed the husband of Clytemnestra, he took possession of her by law. Clytemnestra … People like Homerus and Eudipidus and others wrote about these figures. Her murder of Agamemnon is easily justified. Aegisthus and Clytmnestra were lovers. She lost so many children because of him, so isn’t it understandable she was raged by him? He killed his own daughter, and I think he killed Clytemnestra’s first husband too. Answer: Homer tells the following: “And straightway Aegisthus contrived a cunning treason. Question: How has Clytemnestra been portrayed as the “enemy of the state”? He was exonerated once the patrilinarity of kings was established. I have set my heart on keeping her in my own house, for I love her better even than my own wife Clytemnestra, whose peer she is alike in form and feature, in understanding and accomplishments.”, In the Odyssey there is more: Nestor explains to Telemachus “…but we were over there, fighting hard at Troy, and Aegisthus who was taking his ease quietly in the heart of Argos, cajoled Agamemnon’s wife Clytemnestra with incessant flattery.” (Book III), Later, when Odysseus visits the house of the dead Agamemnon reveals what happened to him:” ‘Ulysses,’ he answered, ‘noble son of Laertes, was not lost at sea in any storm of Neptune’s raising, nor did my foes dispatch me upon the mainland, but Aegisthus and my wicked wife were the death of me between them. Note that both women were queens of a territory and their husbands became king because they both killed the former king.
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