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CHARACTERS IN THE PLAY


Orestes, son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra.

Electra, daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra.

Clytemnestra, formerly wife to Agamemnon, now wedded to Aigisthos.

Aigisthos, son of Thyestês, blood-foe to Agamemnon, and now Tyrant of Argos.

Pylades, son of Strophios, King of Phôkis, friend to Orestes.

The Old Nurse of Orestes.

A Slave of Aigisthos.

Chorus of Bondmaids in the House of Clytemnestra and Aigisthos.


CHARACTERS MENTIONED IN THE PLAY


Agamemnon, son of Atreus, King of Argos, Overlord of all Hellas and Chief of the Greek Armies; murdered by Clytemnestra and Aigisthos.

Meneläus, brother of Agamemnon, husband of Helen.

Zeus, Father of Gods and Men: Latin Jupiter.

Apollo or Loxias, son of Zeus, the prophetic God of Delphi.

Hermês, Herald of the Gods, Guide of the Souls of the Dead, also patron of craft and darkness: Latin Mercurius.

The Greeks are referred to as Hellenes, Achaians and Argives; Troy is also called Îlion.


"The play was first produced in the archonship of Philoclês (458 B.C.). The first Prize was won by Aeschylus with the Agamemnon, Choëphoroe, Eumenides and the Satyr-play Prôteus."