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Re: hi Shobs dear

Anyone instead of Cytem would have done that to her disloyal husband, and even then full of hubris. Thanksalot.

posted by anib on November 20, 2016 at 8:14 PM | link to this | reply

One cannot in a way see the wrong in Clytemnestra's killing I think - she was as you say consumed with seething from the first. Interesting Aba.

posted by shobana on November 20, 2016 at 4:35 AM | link to this | reply

Re: Aba

Oh Preta dear, I'll remain indebted to you for pointing out that glaring mistake of mine. It is Clytemnestra, indeed, and not Cassandra. I have just corrected the error. I always love questions; they make for lively discussions. So you are most welcome anytime, provided it is within my capacity to answer. Clytemnestra was a strong woman by nature, and another reason for hardening of her spirits , other than -Agamemnon's sacrificing their daughter and taking Cassandra as his concubine, was that Agamemnon had killed her first husband and taken her by force. So she often seethed with anger. That goes the story before Aga left on an expedition to Troy. Thank you so much for your inspiration.  

Situations and circumstances have their own way of strengthening or weakening. But in Greek stories, most of the times it will s strengthening. 

posted by anib on November 17, 2016 at 11:08 PM | link to this | reply

Re: Aba - forgot

posted by RPresta on November 17, 2016 at 10:25 PM | link to this | reply


Wait, did I misread dear Aba? It says 'Cassandra had trapped...', do you not mean 'Clytemnestra killed Aga. with an axe?' They are such fascinating characters. I am mesmerized a bit in deciding which way my vote will go for just whom is the antagonist. Some don't see Clytemnestra in that light. Not that a lying murderess is one we cheer, but a husband who had sacrificed his daughter, then flaunted his mistress to his wife, isn't one I'd cheer either. On the other hand, the wife, didn't seem to suffer for him being gone, as she'd found someone else to keep her company. Perhaps that's why the entire house is cursed, as Cassandra knew. I can't wait for the next installment. Curses (if one believes in such things) and blood feuds extended to the time of my ancestors, so this is exceptionally interesting to me. Excellent job, Aba. One question, with no answer probably, was Clytemnestra a strong woman before Agamemnon left? Or did she become that way because she had to? To me, these two are equals on that level. Perhaps on many levels, positive and negative... 

posted by RPresta on November 17, 2016 at 10:23 PM | link to this | reply

Re: Kabu

The stories, whether mythological or not, do have a megnetic quality about them of immediately attracting. And also there is that mystical charm which, most writers of today lack in charisma. Glad you liked.

posted by anib on November 17, 2016 at 4:50 PM | link to this | reply

Nothing like a strong woman who's beloved child has been murdered and then after 10 years of neglect he comes home with his concubine to take of the ruling of the kingdom again...or State as I think the areas of Greece were called.  He was bound to get the axe!! and of course his concubine had to die as well. Loved this post, love the Greek classics.


posted by Kabu on November 17, 2016 at 6:37 AM | link to this | reply

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