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generation before the Trojan War

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generation before the Trojan War, two brothers, Atreus and Thyestes, contended for the throne of  Argos. Thyestes seduced his brother's wife and was driven out of Argos by Atreus, who then  established himself as sole king. Eventually Thyestes returned and asked to be forgiven. Atreus  pretended to be reconciled with his brother but secretly planned to avenge the seduction of his wife  and at the same time to eliminate a rival for the crown by rendering Thyestes unclean in the eyes of  the citizens of Argos. Atreus murdered the two young sons of Thyestes, cut their bodies into  unrecognizable pieces, and had them served to their father at a banquet given in honor of his return.  Thyestes was horrified when he learned what he had dined on. He cursed Atreus and all his  descendants, and fled from Argos with his only remaining child, the infant Aegisthus.
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  • Fall '08
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  • Helen, daughter Iphigenia. Agamemnon, Iphigenia. Agamemnon, adverse winds. Calchas, son Agamemnon, husband. Agamemnon

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