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Atreus, Atreides
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(Ἀτρεύς; Atreús), Atrides Son of Pelops and Hippodamia; the Atreides are his offspring. In Homer, there is mention of the still peaceful succession of A. to Thyestes and finally  Agamemnon (Hom. Il. 2,105ff.). Strife among brothers and the curse of the Atreides are obviously post-Homeric. After the murder of  Chrysippus, Pelops' favourite son by a nymph (Hellan. FGrH 4 F 157; Hyg. Fab. 85), the murderers A. and Thyestes are cursed by their father and flee from Pisa to Midea and Mycenae (Thuc. 1,9), where they finally inherit rul…

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Scheer, Tanja (Rome), “Atreus, Atreides”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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