The Trojan War - The Trojan War April 28 Powell ch. 19 The...

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The Trojan War April 28 Powell ch. 19
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The House of Atreus The kings who led the Greek expedition to  Troy came from the house of Atreus Tantalus chopped up his son  Pelops  and  served the pieces to the gods Oenomaus  was in love with his own  daughter,  Hippodamia.  He offered her as a  prize in a chariot contest
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The House of Atreus Pelops bribed the charioteer of Oenomaus   (Myrtilus) to sabotage the chariot.  Oenomaus was tangled in the reins and  dragged to death Pelops married Hippodamia. Myrtilus  assaulted her and Pelops threw him from a  rock Myrtilus cursed Pelops and all his line 
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The House of Atreus
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The House of Atreus Pelops became king of  Peloponnesus  “island of  Pelops.” Thyestes  and  Atreus  were his children An oracle had ordered the Mycenaeans to choose  as their king a child of Pelops Whichever of the two, Atreus or Thyestes,  produced the fleece from a golden lamb, that one  would become the king
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The House of Atreus Atreus already possessed a golden fleece  but his wife, secretly carrying an affair with  Thyestes, had given the fleece to him Atreus, to prove his rightful claim to the  throne, prayed to Zeus to make the sun  rise in the west. Atreus became king of Mycenae and  banished Thyestes  
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The House of Atreus Atreus found out about his wife’s infidelity. He  killed Thyestes’ three little boys and served them  to their father at a banquet When Thyestes found out the truth about his  dinner, he cursed Atreus The Delphic Oracle told Thyestes that he must  beget a child by his own daughter. Thyestes  raped a girl not knowing that she was his  daughter, Pelopia. In the confusion, he left his  sword behind 
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The House of Atreus Atreus married Pelopia, not knowing that she was  his niece. Pelopia bore Thyestes’ son, but Atreus  thought that the child was his. He named it 
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