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Agamemnon was the king of Mycenae and one of the most distinguished Greek heroes who participated in the Trojan War

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Detail of the mourning Agamemnon in the painting "The Sacrifice of Iphigenia" by Jan Steen
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Agamemnon was the King of Mycenae, which was the most famous state of that era. He was also a leader of the Greek forces at Troy.

Family of Agamemnon

Agamemnon was the son of Atreus, king of Mycenae who later on got dethroned and murdered by his brother, Aegisthus. Agamemnon's wife was Clytemnestra and the couple had four children: Iphigenia, Electra, Chrysothemis and Orestes. His brother was Menelaos, the king of Sparta and husband of the beautiful Helen. According to the legend, Helen was the reason for the Trojan War.

Meaning of Name

Agamemnon's name means the "firm insistent", in Greek, deriving from the ancient Greek words agan: "much" and mimno: "to insist".

Agamemnon is mostly mentioned in Aeschylus’ play, "Agamemnon" and in Homer’s epos, the "Iliad".

Location of Agamemnon's Citadel

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Myths about Agamemnon

Agamemnon Myths-The Discovery of Agamemnon's Golden Mask
The Discovery of Agamemnon's Golden Mask
Agamemnon Myths-Agamemnon and Clytemnestra
Agamemnon and Clytemnestra