Chapter 1

This quotation is from the play Agamemnon by Aeschylus.  You will read a version of the story in The Trojan War by Olivia Coolidge.  

Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter Iphigenia (dressed in her best, thinking she is marrying Achilles) on the altar of Artemis (who puts a fawn in her place and makes her a priestess faraway) to gain a fair wind so the Greek ships can sail to Troy.  His wife Cassandra waits 10 years, gives her husband a royal welcome (red carpet), and prepares his bath.  She throws a net over him and axes him.  She also kills Cassandra, his slave.