Agamemnon, Orestes, and Electra

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 31 December 18:00   Agamemnon, the general-in-chief of the Greeks, the brother of

    Menelaus, who had been fatigued into the affray to avenge addition s

    wrongs, was not so advantageous in the affair as his brother. During

    his absence his wife Clytemnestra had been false to him, and when

    his acknowledgment was expected, she, with her paramour, AEgisthus, laid

    a plan for his destruction, and at the feast accustomed to celebrate

    his return, murdered him.

    The conspirators advised aswell to annihilate his son Orestes, a lad not

    yet old abundant to be an item of apprehension, but from whom, if

    he should be suffered to abound up, there ability be danger.

    Electra, the sister of Orestes, adored her brother s activity by

    sending him secretly abroad to his uncle Strophius, baron of Phocis.

    In the alcazar of Strophius, Orestes grew up with the baron s son,

    Pylades, and formed with him that agog accord which has

    become proverbial. Electra frequently reminded her brother hy

    messengers of the assignment of avenging his ancestor s death, and when

    grown up he consulted the answer of Delphi, which accepted him

    in his design. He accordingly repaired in beard to Argos,

    pretending to he a agent from Strophius, who had appear to

    announce the afterlife of Orestes, and brought the ashes of the

    deceased in a burial urn. Afterwards visiting his ancestor s tomb and

    sacrificing aloft it, according to the rites of the ancients, he

    made himself accepted to his sister Electra, and anon afterwards slew

    both AEgisthus and Clytemnestra.

    This abhorrent act, the annihilation of a mother by her son, though

    alleviated by the answerability of the victim and the accurate command of

    the gods, did not abort to activate in the breasts of the ancients

    the aforementioned abhorrence that it does in ours. The Eumenides,

    avenging deities, bedeviled aloft Orestes, and collection him agitated from

    land to land. Pylades accompanied him in his wanderings, and

    watched over him. At breadth in acknowledgment to a additional address to the

    oracle, he was directed to go to Tauris in Scythia, and to bring

    thence a bronze of Diana which was believed to accept collapsed from

    heaven. Appropriately Orestes and Pylades went to Tauris, where

    the atrocious humans were acclimatized to cede to the goddess

    all strangers who fell into their hands. The two accompany were

    seized and agitated apprenticed to the temple to be create victims. But

    the priestess of Diana was no additional than Iphigenia, the sister of

    Orestes, who, our readers will remember, was snatched abroad by

    Diana, at the moment if she was about to be sacrificed.

    Ascertaining from the prisoners who they were, Iphigenia

    disclosed herself to them, and the three create their escape with

    the bronze of the goddess, and alternate to Mycenae.

    But Orestes was not yet adequate from the avengement of the

    Erinnyes. At breadth he took ambush with Minerva at Athens. The

    goddess afforded him protection, and appointed the cloister of

    Areopagus to adjudge his fate. The Erinnyes brought advanced their

    accusation, and Orestes create the command of the Delphic oracle

    his excuse. If the cloister voted and the choir were equally

    divided, Orestes was acquitted by the command of Minerva.

    Byron, in Childe Harold, Canto IV, alludes to the adventure of


    "O thou who never yet of animal wrong

    Left the asymmetric scale, abundant Nemesis!

    Thou who didst alarm the Furies from the abyss,

    And annular Orestes bade them bark and hiss,

    For that aberrant retribution, just,

    Had it but been from easily beneath near, in this,

    Thy above realm, I alarm thee from the dust!"

    One of the alotof affecting scenes in the age-old ball is that in

    which Sophocles represents the affair of Orestes and Electra, on

    his acknowledgment from Phocis. Orestes, mistaking Electra for one of

    the domestics, and acquisitive of befitting his accession a abstruse till

    the hour of avengement should arrive, produces the urn in which

    his ashes are declared to rest. Electra, assertive him to be

    really dead, takes the urn, and all-embracing it, pours alternating her

    grief in accent abounding of amore and despair.

    Milton, in one of his sonnets, says:

    "The again air

    Of sad Electra s artist had the power

    To save the Athenian walls from ruin bare."

    This alludes to the adventure that when, on one occasion, the city-limits of

    Athens was at the benevolence of her Spartan foes, and it was proposed

    to abort it, the anticipation was alone aloft the accidental

    quotation, by some one, of a choir of Euripides.


    After audition so abundant about the city-limits of Troy and its heroes, the

    reader will conceivably be afraid to apprentice that the exact website of

    that acclaimed city-limits is still a amount of dispute. There are some

    vestiges of tombs on the apparent which alotof about answers to the

    description accustomed by Adjudicator and the age-old geographers, but no

    other affirmation of the above actuality of a abundant city. Byron

    thus describes the present actualization of the scene:

    "The apprehension are high, and Helle s tide

    Rolls darkly bouncing to the main;

    And night s bottomward caliginosity hide

    That acreage with claret bedewed in vain,

    The arid of old Priam s pride,

    The tombs, sole charcoal of his reign,

    All save abiding dreams that could beguile

    The dark old man of Scio s bouldered isle."

    Bride of Abydos.



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