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Agamemnon | Scene Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Long before play begins

    Atreus serves Thyestes a meal made from his children.

    Exodos
  • Long before play begins

    Thyestes calls down curse on House of Atreus and goes into exile.

    Exodos
  • 10 years prior to play

    Paris abducts Helen of Sparta and takes her to Troy.

    Parodos
  • 10 years prior to play

    Agamemnon and Menelaus lead Argive armies in invasion of Troy.

    Parodos
  • 10 years prior to play

    Agamemnon sacrifices Iphigenia.

    Parodos
  • 10 years prior to play

    Aegisthus returns to Argos and becomes Clytaemnestra's lover.

    Exodos
  • 10 years prior to play

    Orestes leaves Argos.

    Episode 3
  • As the play begins

    Argive forces capture Troy.

    Prologos
  • Day after war ends

    Agamemnon returns to the palace with Cassandra.

    Episode 3
  • Day after war ends

    Agamemnon walks across Clytaemnestra's carpet.

    Episode 3
  • Day after war ends

    Cassandra predicts Agamemnon's death and her own.

    Episode 4
  • Day after war ends

    Clytaemnestra murders Agamemnon and Cassandra.

    Exodos
  • Day after war ends

    Aegisthus establishes himself as ruler of Argos.

    Exodos

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Prologos In Argos on the roof of the royal palace, the watchman waits. On the instruction of Clytaemnestra, ruling the city in he... Read More
Parodos Now onstage, the Chorus members, a group of elderly Argive men, walk with canes to help them stand. They are older becau... Read More
Episode 1 Clytaemnestra enters from the palace. The Chorus leader asks if she knows the outcome of the war; the sacrificial offeri... Read More
Stasimon 1 The Chorus members praise Zeus, who assured the Argive victory. They know the gods care about human affairs and deliver ... Read More
Episode 2 The herald, returned to his homeland after 10 years at war, thanks the gods. He says Agamemnon is on his way home after ... Read More
Stasimon 2 The Chorus recalls Helen's capture, which started the war. Troy celebrated when she first arrived. Now Troy is mourning.... Read More
Episode 3 Agamemnon salutes his city and his gods, who led him to victory and obliterated Troy (also called Ilium in the play). He... Read More
Stasimon 3 The Chorus feels a sense of dread. Agamemnon has returned, and the war is over. But premonitions, the "tuneless dirge" o... Read More
Episode 4 Clytaemnestra tells Cassandra to swallow her pride and go into the palace, grateful she serves wealthy, kind masters. Th... Read More
Stasimon 4 The Chorus begins to sing about how even wealthy men are unsatisfied. If victorious and honored Agamemnon will die in re... Read More
Exodos The palace doors open. Clytaemnestra stands covered in blood beside the dead bodies of Agamemnon and Cassandra. Clytaemn... Read More
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