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(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

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8) In this way, distorted ritual and arrested transition become a dramatic lens through which spectators may evaluate the murders of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus.
Elektra has long been reggarded a work steeped in lurid, eroticized violence, and this production certainly tries to move this to the fore: the palace of Agamemnon becomes a shrine to decadence, with languid and lascivious cross-dressing servants, a whip-wielding matron, Brazilian carnival dancers and a wild, nude bacchanalia, through which the usurper Aegisthus struts, carrying a pistol and wearing a dressing gown and gaudy jewelry, like a bloated Hugh Hefner-turned mafia don.
Edith Hall 2005:60 notes that when Aegisthus is shown as Agamemnon's murderer, he "invariably uses a sword", while Clytemnestra is usually "associated with the 'manslaying axe'" that she calls for in Libation Bearers 889.
The plot relates how Klytemnestra and Aegisthus murdered Agamemnon on his return home from the Trojan War.
On his return home from the sack of Troy ten years later, he was murdered by his wife, Clytemnestra, and her lover Aegisthus, who then became rulers of Mycenae.
Clad in brilliant scarlet, tenor Richard Margison--the only major cast member not singing his debut--established the character of Aegisthus quickly and with poignant lyrical urgency.
Her story is couched between two stories of marital infidelity: the seduction of Atreus's wife by his brother Thyestes and Clytemnestra's affair with Aegisthus.
IF YOU can't recall the exact details of the Greek myth of Electra, let's just say that it's as cruel and bloody as the battle at Vimy Ridge: Electra's father, Agamemnon, returns home from battle, but instead of being heralded as a victor, he is greeted with an axe--murdered in his bath by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus.
The stage direction seems to mean that Aegisthus is either actually on the bed behind the curtains or behind the bed whose curtains are closed.
35) The subject emerges in Agamemnon as Aegisthus convinces Clytemnestra that the Greek general should be deposed: he is a tyrant who, as king, cannot be constrained by law: "whate'er to others is unlawful is lawful to them alone.
In fact Aeschylus darkens her motivation by having her glory in her adulterous affair with her lover, Aegisthus, and in the power the two of them wield over the city-state of Argos.
Athene also forgives Orestes' slaying of Clytemnestra, his mother, who had betrayed her royal husband with Aegisthus.
Menelaus, laden with the cultural treasures (spoils of war) lands at Naulpia, but sends Helen ahead to confirm the news that Agamemnon is dead and Aegisthus and Clytemnestra have been murdered.
In addition to her open cuckoldry of her husband, Clytemnestra--using Aegisthus as an instrument or revenge--convinces the latter to murder her husband, thereby making herself the undisputed head of the house of Atreus.