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Pronunciation : Aguh-mem-non

(Greek Mortal) AGAMEMNON

AGAMEMNON was the son of Aerope and Atreus, brother of Menelaus, and commander of the Greek forces. There is no doubt he was a top chieftain and no doubt, either, that he was a bit of a swine riddled with vices.

The house of Atreas had been cursed thanks to Tantalus, and Agamenmon - the King of Mycenae - did little to help matters. He boasted of his superior hunting skills but, unfortunately for all concerned, was overheard by Artemis - Goddess of the hunt, no less, and the payback was swift.

His march to Troy was hampered by a lack of wind which is a major problem for large sailed ships then, at the suggestion of Calchas, he offered his own daughter as a sacrifice to get the Goddess on-side. As it happens the prophet got it horrribly wrong, Artemis replaced her own sacrifice with a goat and some say Iphigenia was whisked away to become the goddess Hecate. But at least Artemis had another reason to despise him.

As leader of the Greek forces Agamemnon claimed the beautiful Briseis as his war booty which left Achilles seething and meant Hector had to fight Ajax in his abscence. The guy with the notorious heel only returned when the Greeks were on the verge of defeat and Hector had killed his best buddy Patroclus.

Feeling the pinch, Agamemnon set up the worlds first mass production line to make armour capable of withstanding everything including the kitchen sink, and his team of creative geniuses came up trumps with suprisingly resilient protective garbs made from the flimsiest of materials. A prototype bullet proof vest made from fourteen layers of linen, glued together with a sheet of boot leather in the middle proved pretty much inpenetrable.

Of course defence from head-bound boiling oil, boulders and scorpion bombs thrown from the city walls is one thing, but attack is something completely different. Handbuilt by Poseidon and Apollo after their exile from Olympus, Troy was proving a tough nut to crack and it wasn't until Odysseus invented the Trojan horse that the Greeks were able to mount anything resembling a meaningful assault.

Eventually Troy fell, after about ten years, and Agamemnon returned home with Princess Cassandra in tow, even though she warned him not to. Being the prophotess of doom she prophocized, well, his doom, but did he listen? Did anyone ever listen?

Arriving at Mycanae, Agamemnon scoffed at Cassandra's warning as his wife, Clytemnestra, was waiting to greet him at the harbour with open arms. Unfortunately one of her hands was holding a knife and as he took a bath she stabbed him to death! It seems Agamemnon's cousin, Aegisthus, had been making himself at home in the kings absence - sitting on his throne and turning Clymnestra's head with relative ease and on top of that he actually had the nerve to offer sacrifices to the Gods as a thankyou for helping him gain a kingdom the dirty way. What is the deal with goats milk?!

However, the Gods wanted no part of it but vengeance wasn't particularly swift and eventually crawled it's way to him at a snails pace when Agamemnon's son Orestes arrived some seven years later.
Family Tree ...
Parents : Aerope and Atreus
Spouse : Clytemnestra
Offspring : Orestes, Electra, Iphigenia
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'AGAMEMNON' - Greek entry : 26 April 2007
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