Lindsay Brindley (Master of Arts) Curriculum and Instruction
Adjunct Professor, LSSU
Grant Leader, LSSU Department of Education
Curriculum Consultant, EUPISD
The play opens as the Watchman at King Agamemnon's palace sees the beacon
announcing the fall of Troy. The Chorus of Old Men tell the background to
the story of the Trojan War.
When Agamemnon returns home after a 10-year absence at the Trojan War, his
queen, Clytemnestra, welcomes him be Cassandra (daughter of the vanquished
Trojan king Priam and now Agammenon's captive mistress) foretells his
murder. The murder of Agamemon will be a double revenge: Clytemnestra will
avenge their daughter Iphigenia, sacrificed by Agamemnon to secure a
favorable wind toward Troy; Aegistuhus, Clytemnestra's lover, will avenge
the murder of his brothers by Agamemnon's father. This is the origin of the
blood feud that runs through Agamemnon, Choepori, and Eumenides.