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Orestes pursues Clytemnestra: Fifth century BCE, Louvre Museum

Clytemnestra was the daughter of Tyndareus, sister of Helen, and wife of Agamemnon. When Agamenon returned to Mycenae from the Trojan War, she (or she and her lover Aegisthus) killed him and the Trojan princess Cassandra whom Agamennon had brought with him from Troy. Her son Orestes eventually returned to Mycenae and murdered his mother to avenge the death of his father. A central figure in Aeschylus' tragedy Agamemnon, she is also found in the works of other major classical Greek writers as well as in paintings and sculpture since the sixth century BCE.



 Clytemnestra on the Greek Mythology Link
 Sources Ancient and Modern from Classics, University of Wales, Lampeter
 Perseus Encyclopedia Article
 Pantheon Article with Links to Related Characters
 Article from "Mortal Women of the Trojan War" with two paintings


Eighth Century BCE Oinochoe, Boston MFA. Perhaps a scene of Clytaemnestra and Aegisthus killing Agamemnon.

 Fifth century BCE red figure, Berlin painter
 Fifth century BCE red figure kylix, Byrgos painter (?) Metropolitan MFA
 Orestes kills Agamemnon and watches Clytaemnestra flee
 Clytaemnestra by John Collier
 Modern Clytaemnestras from Omnibus (28 and 36)

Alison W. Barker, February, 2001