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Agamemnon Sightings

  • The Iliad by Homer 801BC - 601BC

    Agamemnon is leader of the Greek forces in this definitive poem about the Trojan War. (Agamemnon kicks some butt, but mostly he's kind of a jerk.)

  • The Oresteia by Aeschylus 459BC

    In this tragic trilogy, Agamemnon's murder sets off a horrific chain of events. First, Agamemnon makes it home from the war, but gets murdered in a bathtub by his wife, Clytemnestra. Second, Orestes, Agamemnon's son, returns home, and with the encouragement of his sister, Electra, avenges his father's death by killing Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus. Finally, the Furies plague Orestes for killing his mother, but the cycle of violence is put to rest in a trial hosted by Athena. Whew.

  • Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides 409BC - 407BC

    Agamemnon has to decide whether or not to sacrifice his daughter in this tragedy. (Um, wouldn't the obvious answer be "NOOOOOOO"?)

  • Achilleid by Satius 1BC - 99

    Big jerky Agamemnon constantly ticks off the young hotshot Achilles in this unfinished Roman epic.

  • The Metamorphoses by Ovid 2

    In this epic series of mythological poems, Agamemnon is all set to sacrifice his daughter, Iphigenia, when Diana (Artemis) swoops in at the last minute and replaces the girl with a deer. (Wow, a happy ending for once.)

  • Troades by Seneca 54

    In this Roman tragedy, Agamemnon tries to stop Achilles' son from sacrificing a Trojan princess. Yep, Agamemnon doing nice.

  • Agamemnon by Seneca 55

    This tragedy is a Roman spin on the death of Agamemnon. And it's about as gruesome as a Saw movie.

  • The Fall of Troy by Quintus Smyrnaeus 299 - 399

    In this epic poem, Agamemnon and his Greeks show Troy lots of mercy when they finally bring down the city. Oh wait, nope. They totally destroy the place.

  • Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare 1602

    Agamemnon is a minor character in this "problem" play about love gone wrong in the Trojan War. (Agamemnon is still ticked off at Shakespeare for the whole "minor character" thing.)

  • Time Bandits 1981

    Sean Connery plays King Agamemnon in this movie about a young boy who goes on an adventure with time-traveling, thieving dwarves. (Yes, it's just as awesome as it sounds.)

  • Troy 2004

    Agamemnon is still mad that Brad Pitt played Achilles instead of him in this Hollywood blockbuster.

  • Iphigenia 2.0 2007

    This play is a totally postmodern remix of Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis. Be prepared for craziness.

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