Orestes


Ores·tes

noun \ə-ˈres-(ˌ)tēz, -\

Definition of ORESTES

:  the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra who with his sister Electra avenges his father by killing his mother and her lover Aegisthus

Origin of ORESTES

Latin, from Greek Orestēs
First Known Use: 15th century

Orestes

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Greek mythology, the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. According to Homer, Orestes was away when his father returned from Troy to meet his death at the hands of Aegisthus, his wife's lover. On reaching manhood, Orestes avenged his father by killing Aegisthus and Clytemnestra. Aeschylus's dramatic trilogy the Oresteia recounts the murder and the pursuit of Orestes by the Furies for the crime of matricide. In Euripides' Iphigeneia in Tauris, Orestes is reunited with his sister Iphigeneia and regains his father's kingdom.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: ore tenus
Previous Word in the Dictionary: ore shoot
All Words Near: Orestes

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up Orestes? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More