Mythology Meme -> Relationships -> Orestes & Pylades
Orestes was the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. He was still a child when Agamemnon sailed off to fight in the Trojan War and Clytemnestra took a lover, Aegisthus. For his own safety, Orestes was sent to live with his father’s old friend King Strophius of Phocis.
Strophius raised Orestes with his own son, Pylades, and the two boys became close friends. When Agamemnon returned home, he was murdered by his wife and her lover. Years later, with support from Pylades, Orestes killed Clytemnestra and Aegisthus to avenge his father’s death.
The intense relationship between Orestes and Pylades was presented by some Greek writers as romantic. Pylades proved his loyalty in deeds by traveling with Orestes to share his troubles caused by persecution for his mother’s death. In turn, Orestes showed his devotion by his willingness to die in his friend’s place and declaring Pylades’ life as precious to him as his own.