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[27] Quid, quòd. She is here using her best arguments, to persuade Orestes to attempt her rescue. Among others, she urges him from the motive of consanguinity; for they were both of the same race. Pelops, the son of Tantalus, was father to Atreus, Plisthenes, and Thyestes. Plisthenes begot Agamemnon and Menelaus. Agamemnon was the father of Orestes, and Menelaus of Hermione. Thyestes begot Aegisthus, who, having seduced Clytemnestra, while her husband Agamemnon was engaged in the Trojan war, did, upon his return, in conjunction with the adulteress, cruelly murder him.

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