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[ag-uh-mem-non, -nuh n] /ˌæg əˈmɛm nɒn, -nən/
Classical Mythology. a king of Mycenae, a son of Atreus and brother of Menelaus. He led the Greeks in the Trojan War and was murdered by Clytemnestra, his wife, upon his return from Troy.
(italics) a tragedy (458 b.c.) by Aeschylus.
Compare Oresteia.
Origin of Agamemnon
< Greek Agamémnon- (stem of Agamémnōn), < *Agaménmon-, equivalent to aga- great + men- (truncation of Menelaus, meaning king) + -mon- suffix used in shortened names Unabridged
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  • So Agamemnon takes refuge in a long story, throwing the blame of his conduct on Destiny.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • Agamemnon, without any accident at sea, reached his native land.

  • Solomon John proposed that they should open the window, which Agamemnon could do with his long arms.

    The Peterkin Papers Lucretia P Hale
  • Thou didst say that he went out with Agamemnon to fight the Trojans.

  • Agamemnon was a son of Atreus according to Homer, and was the brother of Menelaus.

    The Browning Cyclopdia Edward Berdoe
  • He gave us capital feeds, smoked with us, and coached us in Ethics and Agamemnon.

    Loss and Gain John Henry Newman
  • The Trojans proceed to the battle, while Agamemnon exhorts the chieftains of the Greeks.

  • Ulysses discovers that he is not to meet with the fate of Agamemnon on his return home.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • Agamemnon, on the contrary—also not presented to us till after the death of Ajax—is but a boisterous tyrant 372.

British Dictionary definitions for Agamemnon


(Greek myth) a king of Mycenae who led the Greeks at the siege of Troy. On his return home he was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus See also Menelaus
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Word Origin and History for Agamemnon

king of Mycenae, leader of the Greeks in the Trojan War, his name perhaps represents Greek Aga-medmon, literally "ruling mightily," from agan "very much" + medon "ruler" (see meditation).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Agamemnon in Culture
Agamemnon [(ag-uh-mem-non)]

In classical mythology, the king who led the Greeks against Troy in the Trojan War. To obtain favorable winds for the Greek fleet sailing to Troy, Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter Iphigenia to the goddess Artemis and so came under a curse. After he returned home victorious, he was murdered by his wife, Clytemnestra, and her lover, Aegisthus.

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