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Agamemnon

By Aeschylus

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    Make way for the king. King Agamemnon, that is. Back in the day, Agamemnon, King of Mycenae, was one of the biggest, most powerful dudes in Greece. When his brother's wife, Helen, ran off with Paris of Troy, Agamemnon was a shoe-in pick for five star general to lead the Greeks against Troy.

    Sounds great, right? But as it goes in Greek mythology, success almost always means doom. For Agamemnon, doom came in the form of his wife, Clytemnestra, who stabbed him in a bathtub after he got home from the war. To be fair, though, he was kind of a conceited jerk who totally let the power go to his head.

    Basic Information

    Name

    Agamemnon

    Nickname

    Your Majesty
    The Daddy Mac
    Sir

    Sex

    Male

    Current city

    Elysium

    Work & Education

    Occupation

    King of Mycenae (a.k.a. Argos)
    Warrior
    General
    Hero (I think so at least)

    Education

    The Zeus School of Kingliness
    Ares' Academy of War

    Beliefs

    Political views

    I should be the king of all men.

    Family & Friends (& Enemies)

    Parents

    Pleisthenes (Dad)
    Aerope (Mom)

    Siblings

    Agamemnon

    Children

    Iphigenia (who I had to sacrifice)
    Orestes (who revenged my murder by killing Clytemnestra)
    Electra (who helped Orestes get revenge)
    Chrysothemis (meh... I never really liked her)

    Friends

    Menelaus (my brother who didn't know how to keep his wife, Helen, in check)
    Odysseus (well, we were more like work buddies)

    Enemies

    Every Citizen of Troy (especially Paris, who stole my brother's wife, Helen)
    Clytemnestra (my wife who murdered me)
    Aegisthus (my cousin who helped my wife murder me and took my throne)

    Relationships

    Relationship status

    Was married to Clytemnestra, but then she killed me… so yeah.
    Favorite love slaves included Chryseis, Briseis, and Cassandra

    Interested in

    I like my ladies young, pretty, and (preferably) non-homicidal.

    Favorites

    TV Shows

    Game of Thrones
    Modern Family
    Kings

    Quotations

    "It is well to be born either a king or a fool." 
    – Seneca

    "Regrets I've had a few,
    But then again too few to mention.
    I did what I had to do
    And saw it through without exemption.
    I planned each charted course,
    Each careful step along the byway,
    And more, much more than this
    I did it my way."
    – Frank Sinatra

    "May God have mercy on my enemies, because I won't."
    – General George S. Patton

    "I ain't no angel.
    I still got a few more dances with the devil.
    I'm cleanin' up my act, little by little.
    I'm getting there.
    I can finally stand the man in the mirror I see.
    I ain't as good as I'm gonna get,
    But I'm better than I used to be."
    – Tim McGraw

    "Wise were the kings who never chose a friend till with full cups they had unmasked his soul, and seen the bottom of his deepest thoughts."
    – Homer

    Books

    Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare (This play is totally gruesome. It reminds me of my home life.)
    All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
    A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
    "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
    Long Day's Journey Into Night by Eugene O'Neill (This family is almost as dysfunctional as mine... almost.)
    "Beat! Beat! Drums!" by Walt Whitman
    The Iliad by Homer (Kind of obligated to like this one, right?)
    The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
    War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy (Both war and peace proved problematic for me.)

    Music

    Agamemnon by Rathergood.com (Okay, this made me mad when I first saw it on YouTube, but then it got stuck in my head.)
    Better Than I Used to Be by Tim McGraw (New favorite)
    Maneater by Hall and Oates (Totally reminds me of Clytemnestra)
    Hats Off to the Bull by Chevelle
    Knockin' on Heaven's Door by Guns N' Roses
    Wild Ones by Flo Rida
    Somethin' Bout a Truck by Kip Moore
    Love Bites by Def Leppard (If you're married to Clytemnestra love does more than bite; it stabs you in the bathtub.)
    My Way by Frank Sinatra (Old fave)

    Movies

    The Godfather
    Patton
    Django Unchained
    The King's Speech
    Ted
    The Lord of the Rings
    Battleship
    The Dictator (Hey, if you can't laugh at yourself...)
    Troy

    Activities & Interests

    Likes

    Risk
    The Society for Creative Anachronisms
    Gun and knife shows
    Frozen Yogurt

    Interests

    Kingliness
    Battle tactics

    Groups

    Heroes of the Trojan War
    Union of Kings
    Murdered by Our Wives Support Group
    Veterans 

  • Spotter's Guide

    If you want to have a chat with Agamemnon, you'd better be prepared to pay some homage. He was the king of Mycenae and the commander of the Greek forces during the Trojan War, so he's totally used to everybody being humble when they're around him. To get a word with the king of kings you'll have to head down Elysium, the city of the blessed dead, where he holds court these days. He'll be the big dude with the beard and gleaming crown, surrounded by sexy love slaves, loyal warriors, and a ton of subjects, whom he's intimidated into doing everything he says. Be careful when you're talking to him. He's totally full of himself, and he's got a nasty temper. Say the wrong thing, and you might end up on the wrong end of his spear.

    Sex: Male
    Age: Middle-aged
    Build: Muscular
    Complexion: Tan
    Hair Color: Dark brown
    Facial Hair: Bushy beard
    Scars/marks/tattoos: Tons of battle scars
    Jewelry and accessories: Crown of Mycenae, scepter
    Clothing: Regal robes
    Armor: Well-made and well-worn
    Type of Weapon: Spears, swords, shields

    Typical Companions:

    Menelaus
    Odysseus

    Known Hangouts:

    Troy (where he kicked major butt until he died)
    Elysium (the land of the blessed dead, where he likes to chill on the beaches covered with bone-white sand)

  • Sightings

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    The Iliad by Homer

    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.)

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Oresteia by Aeschylus

    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.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides

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

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 0099

    Achilleid by Satius

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

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Metamorphoses by Ovid

    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.)

    Dec 20, 2019

    Troades by Seneca

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

    Dec 20, 2019

    Agamemnon by Seneca

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

    Dec 20, 0299 - Dec 20, 0399

    The Fall of Troy by Quintus Smyrnaeus

    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.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare

    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.)

    Dec 20, 1981

    Time Bandits

    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.)

    Dec 20, 2019

    Troy

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

    Dec 20, 2019

    Iphigenia 2.0

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