Agamemnon, usually referred to as King Agamemnon or General Agamemnon, was an ancient ancestor of House Atreides and the subject of Agamemnon, the Atreides House Play. He was a great military commander in one of human history’s legendary wars, long before the creation of the thinking machines that had enslaved mankind.
Before sailing to Troy, Agamemnon had sacrificed his own daughter to guarantee favorable winds from the gods. His distraught wife, Clytemnestra, had spent the ten years of her husband’s absence plotting revenge. After the end of the Trojan War, Agamemnon arrived in a chariot, accompanied by his spoils-of-war mistress, the half-insane prophetess Cassandra. Meanwhile, Clytemnestra made preparations for her hated husband’s appearance, feigning devotion and love.
Amidst great pomp and fanfare, Agamemnon marched into his palace, while the oracle Cassandra, speechless in terror, refused to enter. She foretold her own death and the murder of the general; of course, no one listened to her. When the returning general went to his bath, his treacherous wife tangled him in purple robes and stabbed both him and his oracular mistress to death.