Definition of Aegisthus

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) the seducer of Clytemnestra and murderer of Agamemnon who usurped the throne of Mycenae until Agamemnon's son Orestes returned home and killed him.

Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Mythical Being



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Lexicographical Neighbors of Aegisthus

Aegean island
Aegeans
Aegen
Aegenbald
Aegenwulf
Aegiceras
Aegiceras majus
Aegidius
Aegilops triuncalis
Aegina
Aeginetan
Aegis cruiser
Aegis cruisers
Aegisthus (current term)
Aegospotami
Aegospotamos
Aegypiidae
Aegypius
Aegypius monachus
Aegyptopithecus
Aegyptus
Aeka
Aelius Donatus
Aelurostrongylus
Aeneas
Aeneas Silvius
Aeneid
Aengus

Literary usage of Aegisthus

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1. Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology by William George Smith (1849)
"Immediately after his birth he was exposed by his mother, but was found and saved by shepherds and suckled by a goat, whence his name Aegisthus (from ..."

2. The 'Agamemnon' of Aeschylus by Aeschylus, Arthur Woollgar Verrall (1904)
"Aegisthus, Clytaemnestra, etc. Aegisthus claims to have merely procured his ... Thai Aegisthus does not come from the palace, but on the contrary has just ..."

3. A Short History of Greek Literature from Homer to Julian by Wilmer Cave France Wright (1907)
"By a false story of his own death Orestes wins his way into the palace, and soon the spectators hear from within the death-cry of Aegisthus. ..."

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