Taken from the Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of World Religions
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Today’s religious topic is as follows:
African Religions (cont’d)
Agamemnon in Greek legend, king of Mycenae in Argos. He was the son (or grandson) of ATREUS and the brother of MENELAUS. After the murder of Atreus by a nephew, Aegisthus, Agamemnon and Menelaus took refuge with Tyndareus, king of Sparta, whose daughters,Clytemnestra and HELEN, they respectively married. By Clytemnestra, Agamemnon had a son, ORESTES, and three daughters, IPHIGENEIA (Iphianassa) ELECTRA (Laodice), Chrysothemis. Menelaus succeeded Tyndareus, while Agamemnon recovered his father’s kingdom.
After PARIS (Alexandros) carried off Helen, Agamemnon called on the chieftains of Greece to unite in war against the Trojans. He himself furnished 100 ships and was chosen commander of the combined forces. The fleet assembled at the port of Aulis in Boeotia but was prevented from sailing be calms or contrary winds that were sent by the goddess ARTEMIS because Agamemnon had in some way offended her. To appease the wrath of Artemis, Agamemnon sacrifices his own daughter Iphigeneia—although, in some versions of the myth an animal was substituted and Iphigeneia survived.
After the capture of Troy, Agamemnon returned with CASSANDRA, the daughter of PRIAM, as his war-prize, but upon arrival he was murdered by Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus. When his son Orestes had grown to manhood he returned and avenged his father by killing Clytemnestra and Aegisthus.
(Come back on 7/01/14 and continue to learn about African Religions. Tomorrow you’ll read about “Agape“)
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