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Clytaemestras murder of Agamemnon can be seen as one of the main sins in the play The Chorus of Argive Elders calls the act obscene and since one of the functions of the Chorus is to direct the audiences sympathy and give voice to pious opinions this indicates Clytaemestra is more sinning than sinned against However when she defends her acts after the murder to The Chorus she tells them it was she who was sinned against as her husband Agamemnon slaughtered their own child Iphigenia She suggests that The Chorus are hypocrites as they would not cross Agamemnon for his murder of his daughter but they call her crime treacherous and are stunned by it even though she says it was righteous to kill him Clytaemestras justification for Agamemnons murder suggests it was Agamemnon who was the more sinful of the two and she tells the chorus he slaughtered Iphigenia despite the fact his pastures swarmed with flocks suggesting he was excessive killing people when it was unnecessary This was something the Ancient Greeks thought was a particularly bad sin as they believed that people should be pious and modest One of their maxims carved in stone at Delphi was nothing to excess However it was out of necessity that Agamemnon had to sacrifice his daughter as Artemis was so upset at the thought of all the young men who would die at Troy the winds blew from the Strymon at her command so the Greeks could not sail and would only let them go in exchange for Iphigenias slaughter Although this suggests it was Agamemnon who was sinned against the Chorus of Argive Elders still call him sacrilegious and an infidel because the murder of Iphigenia a sweet innocent girl was a sin Revenge for Iphigenia was not Clytaemestras only motive for striking down Agamemnon however She had taken a lover Aegisthus while Agamemnon had been away at Illium and
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