the brother of Atreus who unknowingly ate the flesh of his own sons when served to him by Atreus.
- Thy·es·te·an [thahy-es-tee-uhn, thahy-e-stee-uhn], /θaɪˈɛs ti ən, ˌθaɪ ɛˈsti ən/, Thy·es·ti·an, adjective
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How to use Thyestes in a sentence
Atreus, to revenge himself of his unnatural brother, killed the sons of Thyestes, and invited him to eat them.Dryden's Works (13 of 18): Translations; Pastorals | John Dryden
The House of Thyestes, whence Agamemnon sprang, is marked by even blacker legends.Homer and His Age | Andrew Lang
Atreus, grandson of Tantalus, immortalised in infamy with his brother Thyestes: ib.The Complete Works of Richard Crashaw, Volume I (of 2) | Richard Crashaw
They likewise built Argos; which is mentioned by Thyestes in Seneca as a wonderful performance.
Thyestes exalts over the fulfillment of another chapter in the inevitable curse.Guy Livingstone; | George A. Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for Thyestes
Greek myth son of Pelops and brother of Atreus, with whose wife he committed adultery. In revenge, Atreus killed Thyestes' sons and served them to their father at a banquet
- Thyestean or Thyestian (θaɪˈɛstɪən, ˌθaɪɛˈstiːən), adjective
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