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Which Tragic Greek Hero Are You?

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Ancient Greek mythology has influenced so much of Western Culture in the last few centuries; it's astonishing. Stories from more than two thousand years ago written by the likes of Aeschylus, Homer, Sophocles, and Euripides still resonate today and influence art, music, books, games, and movies. The themes speak to the human condition and tug on one's emotions, so it's no wonder modern audiences can relate. These tales that have traveled across millennia are of mortals and immortals, fallible people, and Gods. They weave a world where monsters, nymphs, war, and magic are always at the hero's doorstep, if not radiating through their homes, where earthly and heavenly pleasures are forever hunted by deep and enduring pain. If romance and high-stakes tragedy-laden drama get you in your feels, you'll want to test the waters to see which doomed Greek figure you have the most in common with. Go on; the deities await thee.

History lesson

The story of Agamemnon is heartbreaking

Agamemnon's father, Atreus, was a cruel and vindictive man who murdered his own brother's children in revenge for a past wrong. This curse of family violence would follow Agamemnon and his brother, Menelaus, throughout their lives.

When Agamemnon was a young man, he was chosen by the goddess Artemis to sacrifice his own daughter, Iphigenia, as an offering to secure good winds for his fleet. He reluctantly agreed, and Iphigenia was tragically killed. This act haunted Agamemnon for the rest of his life.

Years later, Agamemnon returned to his kingdom of Mycenae after the long and grueling Trojan War. He was welcomed home by his wife, Clytemnestra, who had been waiting for him for ten long years. But their reunion was not a happy one. Clytemnestra had been plotting her revenge against Agamemnon for sacrificing their daughter, and she had taken a lover, Aegisthus, to help her.

As Agamemnon entered his palace, Clytemnestra greeted him with false kindness, and then she and Aegisthus murdered him. They were later killed themselves by Agamemnon's son, Orestes, in a never-ending cycle of family violence.

The story of Agamemnon is a cautionary tale about the dangers of pride, revenge, and the cycles of violence that can plague families for generations. Despite his remarkable accomplishments as a warrior and leader, Agamemnon was ultimately undone by his own tragic flaws and the curse of his family history.

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Did you know?

Have you heard of these Greek tragic figures?

Here are just a few brief accounts of tragic Greek heroes.

Few are unaware of the great Achilles, who was felled by his heel. Achilles was the mortal son of a goddess, skilled in combat, and known as the "best of the Achaeans." Portrayed by Brad Pitt—nuff said.

Phaethon was the son of Helios, the sun god. His provenance was as doubted as that of Dionysus, and he couldn't control his father's chariot of unwieldy, corona-pulling horses. He flew too close to the earth and razed it with starry fire, to the annoyance of Zeus, who thunderbolted young Phaeton.

Arachne, as her name suggests, does indeed have a connection to the spider, for she was the first. But before that, she was a woman adept at weaving. She believed it to be her own talent rather than a god-given gift, and that was her downfall. Athena condemned her to weaving cobwebs.

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