The king of Argos, and one of the commanders of the Greek fleet. At the start of the play, he is returning victorious from the Trojan War. Although he is a well-respected leader, he does… (read full character analysis)
The queen of Argos, and its ruler in her husband Agamemnon’s absence. She murders Agamemnon to avenge the death of their daughter, Iphigenia, whom Agamemnon sacrificed during the Trojan War to ensure his… (read full character analysis)
The slave Agamemnon has taken back to Argos as his prize for winning the Trojan War. She is the daughter of Priam, king of Troy. A priestess of Apollo, she has the gift… (read full character analysis)
A group of elderly citizens of Argos. These men were too old to fight in the Trojan War, but they have vast knowledge of the history of the war, as well as Agamemnon’s family… (read full character analysis)
A guard at the palace who has been stationed to watch for a signal fire from Troy indicating the end of the war.
A military messenger who brings the news that Agamemnon’s fleet has returned safely.
Does not appear onstage during the play. The daughter of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon. Agamemnon sacrifices her during the Trojan War to win the favor of the goddess Artemis.
Does not appear onstage during the play. The goddess, of hunting, animals, virginity, and childbirth. During the Trojan War, she to blocks the path of Agamemnon’s fleet until he makes a sacrifice to her. She is the sister of the god Apollo.
Does not appear onstage during the play. The prince of Troy and Cassandra’s brother.
Does not appear onstage during the play. Helen was married to Menelaus, but ten years prior to the start of the play, Paris abducted Helen and brought her to Troy, inciting the Trojan War. She is Clytemnestra’s sister.
Does not appear onstage during the play. The god of sun, light, and knowledge, and Artemis’ brother. Apollo was in love with Cassandra and made her a prophet, but when she refused to bear his child, he cursed her so that no one would ever believe her prophecies.
Does not appear onstage during the play. Agamemnon’s father. He murdered his brother Thyestes’ children and fed them to him.
Does not appear onstage during the play. Atreus’ brother and Aegisthus’ father.
Does not appear onstage during the play. King of Troy and father of Cassandra and Paris.
Does not appear onstage during the play. The son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. Orestes returns later in the trilogy to avenge his father’s murder.
The king of the gods and the god of thunder.