Kassandra Had Twins; Aigisthos Killed Them

from Pausanias, 2.16.5-6 (go here for the full text)

“Nearby is the grave of Atreus where one also finds the burial of however many of those men who returned from Troy with Agamemnon and were killed at a feast by Aigisthos. The Lakedaimonians who live around Amyklai also have a monument to Kassandra. And there is another to Agamemnon, his charioteer Eurymedon, and the twin sons Teledamos and Pelops whom they say Kassandra bore and Aigisthus slaughtered along with their parents even though they were still infants.”

τάφος δὲ ἔστι μὲν ᾿Ατρέως, εἰσὶ δὲ καὶ ὅσους σὺν ᾿Αγαμέμνονι ἐπανήκοντας ἐξ ᾿Ιλίου δειπνίσας κατεφόνευσεν Αἴγισθος. τοῦ μὲν δὴ Κασσάνδρας μνήματος ἀμφισβητοῦσι Λακεδαιμονίων οἱ περὶ ᾿Αμύκλας οἰκοῦντες· ἕτερον δέ ἐστιν ᾿Αγαμέμνονος, τὸ δὲ Εὐρυμέδοντος τοῦ ἡνιόχου, καὶ Τελεδάμου τὸ αὐτὸ καὶ Πέλοπος— τούτους γὰρ τεκεῖν διδύμους Κασσάνδραν φασί, νηπίους δὲ ἔτι ὄντας ἐπικατέσφαξε τοῖς γονεῦσιν Αἴγισθος—

Yes, I am working on a full-scale Kasandra obsession, so expect some more posts about her. The interest has been fanned in part by reading through Lykophron’s Alexandra and the scholia, but I just got my hands on Hornblower’s recent commentary, and, wow:



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