Klytemnestra is the wife of angry-face Agamemnon who, right before he left for Troy, killed their daughter Iphegenia. She, understandably, did not forgive him for this. The story goes that she took as lover Aegisthos, who was Agamemnon’s cousin (I think? Their family tree is super messed up, considering Aegisthos was the son of Thyestes and Thyestes own daughter Pelopia, It gets really complicated really fast).
ANYWAY. When Agamemnon came home (with a lady in tow, I might add) she welcomed him AND THEN MURDERED HIM, with the help of her lover-lad. This is, of course, just another way we see Greek men’s fear of women’s sexuality exposed. HOW DARE SHE take a lover. LOOK HOW DANGEROUS is it when women make these decisions. DEATH and MURDER and MORE DEATH. *ahem* Not that I’m biased. At all.
I love Klytemnestra (at least the one portrayed by Aeschylos) because she is such a good villain. You understand she is motivated by grief at the death of her daughter and outrage at her husband’s infidelity. She took her life, her love life, and her desire for vengeance in her own hands, asked for no apologies, and regretted nothing.
Want more bad-ass ladies? Last week was all about Penelope and next week is about Hermione. See you then!
To Start From the Beginning Click HERE.
To Read the Previous Post Click HERE.
Poor Polydeukes and Kastor.
Also, Antenor is the one talking about Odysseus and his words that are like snowflakes. Antenor, as far as I can tell so far, is equivalent to the Argives’ Nestor, or Charlemagne’s Naimon. He’s the random adviser dude that is close to the king.
Also, be prepared, I am working three jobs now and it is the end of the quarter AND I got pulled over yesterday and now have to spend extra time out of my life fixing my headlight and proving it to the proper authorities -_- which all adds up to meaning: I have no idea if I’ll have Wednesday’s post done in time. I have no backlog soooooo… We’ll see how the next couple of days go.
Hope you lovelies are having a wonderful Sunday that is not too stressful!
To Read Preparing for the Duel Click HERE.
*2015. This book was a mess. UGH. I don’t miss it. So glad I don’t have to repeat teaching it this year.*
**Hopefully I will NEVER have to read this again, but I probably will. #UGH.**
*2015. Yup. This about sums him up.*
**Possible scenes from The Republic & The Symposium in the future**
To read the Six Panel Version First Click Here.
NOTE: There will be a poll on my Facebook page where you can vote for Clytemnestra or Orestes – responses will be posted on Friday. Don’t be left out! Let your voice be heard!
Linky-Dink HERE. OR write in the comments who you vote for. 🙂
Also: to find a public domain version of the play by Ian Johnston Click Here
Me last week:
NOTE: My brother is a kind and caring individual and he did teach me how to make a fire so I wouldn’t freeze to death when I was home alone. I am grateful.
NOTE: Aeschylus was a playwright dude in Greece back in the long ago past. He is dead now. I am sorry to crush your dreams of one day meeting him, but that probably is not going to happen. Probably.
Aeschylus’ most popular trilogy is The Oresteia, which is about:
- a dude named Agamemon who killed his daughter, went away to Troy, and came back with a cuddle buddy, Cassandra (who is prophetic, thank Apollo, and no one believes anything she says and she spends a lot of her lines screaming “AIEE!”).
- a lady named Clytemnestra, who is married to Agamemnon, gets her own cuddle buddy, and kills Agamemnon for murdering her daughter (Iphigenia, who may or may not have been saved by Artemis).
- a young man named Orestes who kills his mother for killing his father and gets chased about by Furies for committing matricide before standing trial with Athena. Fun times.
To learn more about Aeschylus and to read a public domain translation of The Oresteia by Ian Johnston CLICK HERE.