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    The Mycenean Saga
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    Tantalus Father of Pelops He abuses the privilege  of eating with the gods The gods recognize his  deception, except for  Demeter He is condemned to  everlasting thirst and  hunger in the  Underworld
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    Pelops Son of Tantalus Peloponnesus =  “Pelops’s Island” Restored to life by Zeus Ivory shoulder Suitor of Hippodamia The curse of Myrtilus
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    Atreus and Thyestes Sons of Pelops Quarrel over the  kingdom of Mycenae Seduction of Aerope Banishment of Thyestes Atreus’s revenge Thyestes’s curse
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    Agamemnon Son of Atreus King of Mycenae Wife: Clytemnestra Children: Iphigenia,  Orestes, Electra,  Chrysothemis Sacrifice of Iphigenia
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    Clytemnestra and Aegisthus Sister of Helen Hatred for her husband
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Unformatted text preview: Adultery with Aegisthus, one of Thyestess sons Murder of Agamemnon upon his return from Troy Orestes and Electra Orestes grows up in exile Apollo orders him to avenge the murder of his father He returns to Mycenae and with Electras encouragement kills his mother and her lover Aeschylus, Oresteia Oresteia : a trilogy ( Agamemnon, Libation Bearers, Eumenides ) First produced in 458 Eumenides Orestes is pursued by the Erynies He goes to Athens and pleads in front of the Areopagus Apollo defends him, Athena presides Orestes is acquitted The Eryinies are appeased and given a new name (Eumenides...
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2009 for the course CLASSIC 22030 taught by Professor Karanika during the Fall '07 term at UC Irvine.

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