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Scepter of Agamemnon


The scepter of Agamemnon symbolized the king's authority to rule over the Peloponnesian kingdoms. It has a rich lineage tracing all the way back to Hephaestus. From the Iliad:

"Powerful Agamemnon stood up holding the sceptre Hephaistos had wrought him carefully. Hephaistos gave it to Zeus the king, the son of Kronos, and Zeus in turn gave it to the courier Argeiphontes [Hermes], and lord Hermes gave it to Pelops, driver of horses, and Pelops again gave it to Atreus, the shepherd of the people, Atreus dying left it to Thyestes of the rich flocks, and Thyestes left it in turn to Agamemnon to carry and to be lord of many islands and over all Argos."


Greece, Hephaestus, Mythology


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