Agamemnon (page 669, with art)

Chapter 17, The Return from Troy

Previous Page   Table of Contents   Next Page

Athens, National Museum 15131: bronze sheathing from Argive Heraion with Klytaimestra seizing lock of hair of Kassandra while stabbing her in the waist

C.W. Blegen, “Prosymna: Remains of Post-Mycenaean Date,” American Journal of Archaeology 43 (1939) fig. 6 p.416

Digital LIMC

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art 32-11-1: steatite disk seal from Crete with possible depiction (on obverse) of Agamemnon seated on stool as Klytaimestra stabs him; water jug behind woman may indicate that the murder takes place in bath; on reverse, goats mating

A.J. Evans, “Primitive Pictographs and a Prae-Phoenician Script, from Crete and the Peloponnese,” Journal of Hellenic Studies 14 (1894) p. 343 fig. 67 (drawings from impressions of both sides of seal)

M.I. Davies, “Thoughts on the Oresteia before Aischylos,” Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique (1969) p. 227 fig. 6b (obverse of seal)

Digital LIMC (no photo)

Metropolitan Museum (no photo)

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts 99.505: relief amphora from Thebes, whose neck may depict Aigisthos (on the left) threatening Agamemnon (in the center) with a dagger; Agamemnon, shown at a higher level than the two flanking figures, may sit in the lebes (the bowl) of a tripod, two of whose decorated legs and a strut survive; on the right is a standing female (Klytaimestra?), with one arm raised in alarm, while she holds a lost, found-bottomed object (a sword?) in her right hand

Museum of Fine Arts (with no photo of scene on neck of amphora)

Digital LIMC (with photo of scene from neck of amphora, turned on its side)

Paestum Museum: metope from Hera I temple at Foce del Sele with torso of a figure in the lebes of a tripod, who looks to left while raising his left arm in alarm; left figure does not survive, but could be restored as Aigisthos murdering Agamemnon in the bath (other interpretations have also been proposed)

Photo from Museo Nazionale di Paestum; reconstruction drawing, by Stephen Deck, from F. Van Keuren, The Frieze from the Hera I Temple at Foce del Sele (1989), p. 122 fig. 12

Digital LIMC (scene 20, here interpreted as “Tantalos killing his son Pelops”)

Previous Page   Table of Contents   Next Page

Tags:

#Klytaimestra

#Kassandra

#Agamemnon

#Aigisthos

Artistic sources edited by Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, July 2022

 1,957 total views,  1 views today