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Summary Aegisthus Clytemnestras lover appears for the first time and is accompanied by his bodyguards He is Agamemnons cousin and as he rejoices over the murder we learn the history of the ancestral curse that has led to the Kings death Aegisthus father Thyestes tried unsuccessfully to seize the crown from Agamemnons father Atreus and was exiled from Argos Eventually Thyestes returned to the city and begged for mercy Atreus pretended to welcome him and then boiled two of Thyestes sons and served them to his brother who ate his own children unwittingly Since that horrible day Thyestes now dead and his son have been exiles Only now has the terrible crime against Aegisthus family been avenged The Chorus taunts Aegisthus saying that he allowed a woman to do the deed for him and tells him that he will be executed for the crime How shall you be lord of the men of Argos you who planned the murder yet could not dare to act it out 1633-35 Aegisthus replies that because of his exile he could not get close enough to Agamemnon to kill him He claims that his henchmen and the treasury will enable him to control the city He promises to have the Chorus killed As they trade threats Clytemnestra acts as a peacemaker telling the Chorus that she and Aegisthus could not have acted any other way and that peace must now reign in Argos under her rule The defeated Chorus accepts their authority but declares that when Orestes returns he will exact vengeance for his fathers murder Aegisthus and Clytemnestra dismiss these words as empty threats and together they take up the reins of the state Commentary Many versions of Agamemnons story circulated in Aeschylus time In some Aegisthus not Clytemnestra stabs the King Aeschylus chose to celebrate the heroine at the
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