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a cousin of Agamemnon who seduced Clytemnestra, Agamemnon’s wife, and was later killed by Orestes.
Historical Examples

The end of Aegisthus himself is contrived with Sophoclean art.
Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb

Aegisthus got this tutor out of the way and persuaded her to sin.
Essays and Miscellanies Plutarch

Clytemnestra (Cly′temnes′tra), wife of Agamemnon, slew her husband and married Aegisthus.
1000 Mythological Characters Briefly Described Edward S. Ellis

The Queen finds Electra ranging abroad as usual in the absence of Aegisthus.
Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb

Another Phocian prince, named Phanoteus, was a friend of Aegisthus.
The Seven Plays in English Verse Sophocles

No sooner had her husband gone to the wars than she set up Aegisthus in his place, as if there were no other king of Argos.
Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody

And he shows Aegisthus tyrannical, who killed Agamemnon and lorded over Mycenae.
Essays and Miscellanies Plutarch

But Aegisthus was still uneasy at the thought that the Prince Orestes might return some day to avenge his father.
Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew Josephine Preston Peabody

They have stolen into the palace unobserved, and together they slay Aegisthus.
The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4 Lucian of Samosata

Deeply she deplores her misdeed, but for this very reason has completely surrendered herself to the unworthy Aegisthus.
The Complete Opera Book Gustav Kobb

(Greek myth) a cousin to and the murderer of Agamemnon, whose wife Clytemnestra he had seduced. He usurped the kingship of Mycenae until Orestes, Agamemnon’s son, returned home and killed him


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