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Orestes - Atreus vs. Thyestes

Atreus vs. Thyestes

Case Description: Complainant (Atreus) accuses Defendant (Thyestes) of adultery and theft. Atreus accused his brother, Thyestes, of sleeping with his wife, Aerope, and stealing his sheep with golden wool.

Case Status: Case closed. Atreus took his own grisly revenge by inviting Thyestes to his house and feeding him a tasty meal... of his own children.

Addendum: Many say that Atreus' grisly verdict put a curse on his descendants, like Orestes, which is why their lives turned out to be so messed up.

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