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(Θυέστης/Thyéstēs; etymologically derived from thýein, 'to sacrifice', thyeía, 'mortar' or to thýos, 'incense'). Son of Pelops [1], brother of Atreus, father of Pelopeia [2] and of Aegisthus whom he had fathered with her. In a Peloponnesian myth, T. and Atreus kill their stepbrother Chrysippus [1] (incited by their mother Hippodamia [1], Hellanicus FGrH 4 F 157; Hyg. Fab. 85). Persecuted by Pelops, the two end up in Mycenae (Str. 8,6,19; Apoll. Epit. 2,10). In the fight for the crown there, T. seizes the ram with golden fleece - the symbol of the…

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Maharam, Wolfram-Aslan (Gilching), “Thyestes”, 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 14 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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