American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek Mythology The wife of Agamemnon who, with the assistance of her lover Aegisthus, murdered him on his return from the Trojan War and was later murdered by her son Orestes.
- n. (Greek mythology) wife of Agamemnon who had him murdered when he returned from the Trojan War
“The Thomas Berger retelling of The Oresteia was reviewed in The Times with “His Clytemnestra is a classic nympho of the noir imagination.””
“Aegisthus crosses the stage into the palace to meet a hasty end; seeing the deed, a servant rushes out to call Clytemnestra, while Orestes bursts out from the house and faces his mother.”
“His Clytemnestra is a feeble creation even by the side of that of Sophocles.”
“For what is the pleasure of a train of six hundred mules in the "Clytemnestra," or three thousand bowls in the "Trojan Horse," or gay-coloured armour of infantry and cavalry in some battle?”
“Collier's "Clytemnestra," with its guess at the fashion of to-morrow -- the low-neck blouse carried a little bit further.”
“The accusations of the 'Blackwood,' in 1869, were simply an intensified form of those first concocted by Lord Byron in his 'Clytemnestra' poem of 1816.”
“Byron speaks, in 'The Sketch,' of her peculiar truthfulness; and even in the 'Clytemnestra' poem, when accusing her of lying, he speaks of her as departing from”
“The accusation of her being untruthful was first brought forward by her husband in the 'Clytemnestra' poem, in the autumn of 1816; but it never was publicly circulated till after his death, and it was first formally made the basis of a published attack on Lady Byron in the July”
“Despite her veil she was too striking looking not to fetter the attention of even the most listless, for the disgust with which these surroundings inspired her and the tenacity of her cruel design gave her a bearing such as Clytemnestra might have envied.”
“Blackwood,' in 1869, were simply an intensified form of those first concocted by Lord Byron in his 'Clytemnestra' poem of 1816.”
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