"All-seeing Zeus has indeed proved himself a relentless foe to the House of Atreus from the beginning"
Orestes slaying Aegisthus and Clytemnestra, by Bernardino Mei
Public DomainOrestes slaying Aegisthus and Clytemnestra - Credit: Bernardino Mei

The House of Atreus was an extremely unlucky Greek family that experienced suffering on an extraordinary scale.

A great deal of the tragedy affecting this family seems self-inflicted. Their crimes are linked to a terrible curse passed down from generation to generation, touching many of the most famous characters of Greek mythology.

Tantalus, who was punished in Tartarus for his crime against the gods, Menelaus, Agamemnon, Aegisthus and Orestes are all members of this unfortunate family.