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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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He carries his mother's body on stage at a time when King Aegisthus, who is extremely pleased after hearing of Orestes' death, shows up.
Men play their own roles, as the wise and wily tutor, the faithful and resolute Orestes, the arrogant and treacherous Aegisthus, and the silent but dutiful Pylades.
8) In this way, distorted ritual and arrested transition become a dramatic lens through which spectators may evaluate the murders of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus.
And Clytemnestra's case is doubly tainted in that she has taken Aegisthus as lover.
Aegisthus then murders Agamemnon not just to gain power, but, in his mind, to seek justice.
Hugo von Hofinannsthal's text is a tale of revenge, a retelling of the ancient Orestes legend that focuses on Orestes' sister Electra and the twisted and ultimately fatal family romance that arises out of the murder of their father King Agamemnon by their mother Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus.
He will explain to us why in a Greek tragedy neither sex nor violence could be acted out on the stage, though messengers could relate the suicide of Jocasta and choruses could sing of the banquet of Thyestes or allude obliquely to Aegisthus as a wolf prowling in the lion's bed.
Moreover, it is Paris's lust for Helen, and Clytemnestra's lust for Aegisthus and her jealously consequent of Agamemnon's lust that causes the destruction described in these lines.
Some of these works like Pacuvius' Doulorestes, Livius Andronicus' Aegisthus and Lucius Accius' famous Clytemnestra (7) are preserved only in fragments, but we do have Seneca's Agamemnon which presents a very different Clytaemestra to that of Aeschylus' tragedy of the same name.
Blakeley White-McGuire, as Cassandra, balanced passion and desperation, and Maurizio Nardi portrayed Aegisthus with his typical dashing effervescence.
She's the girl who vows to avenge the death of her father, Agamemnon, at the hands of his wife, Queen Klytemnestra, and her lover Aegisthus.
Cheshire-born soprano Susan Bullock stars in the title role as the deranged princess intent on revenge for the murder of her father King Agamemnon by her mother Klytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus.
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.