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The Mycenaeans were inhabitants of the ancient Greek city of Mycenae. From their capital of Mycenae, they ruled over most of Tiryns and the Argolid , and held hegemony throughout most of Greece, particularly in the time of King Agamemnon


Rulers of Mycenae and Tiryns[]

A chart showing the relations between the Atreids (blue), the Perseids (purple)and the ruling houses of Athens (light green), Sparta (green) and Ithaca (pink)


  1. Proetus, son of Abas, grandson of Lynceus, great-grandson of Aegyptus, brother of King Acrisius of Argos, who yielded half the kingdom to him, son-in-law of Iobates of Lycia
  2. Megapenthes , son of Proetus, traded Tiryns for Argos upon the death of Acrisius and succession of Acrisius' grandson Perseus
  3. Perseus, son of Zeus and Danae, nephew of King Megapenthes of Tiryns and Argos, son-in-law of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia of Aethiopia , married to Andromeda, and formerly King of Argos
  4. Electryon, son of Perseus and Andromeda, son-in-law of King Pelops of Pisa, married to Eurydice
  5. Sthelenus, son of Perseus and Andromeda, son-in-law of King Pelops of Pisa, married to Nicippe
  6. Eurystheus hides from Heracles, who carries the Erymanthian boar as one of his labours.

    Eurystheus, son of Sthelenus and Nicippe, both paternal and maternal cousin of Heracles

Tomb Of Atreus


  1. Atreus, son of King Pelops of Pisa and Hippodaemia
  2. Thyestes, son of King Pelops of Pisa and Hippodaemia, brother of Atreus, had an affair with Atreus' wife Aerope, and also with his daughter by Aerope, Pelopia, usurped the throne from Atreus
  3. Second reign of Atreus, retook his kingdom
  4. Second reign of Thyestes, usurped the throne from Atreus again
  5. Aegisthus, son of Thyestes and Pelopia, had an affair with Agamemnon's wife, Clytaemnestra
  6. Agamemnon, son of Atreus and brother of King Menelaus of Sparta, son-in-law of King Tyndareus of Sparta, married to Clytaemnestra. Led the Achaeans in the Trojan War.
  7. Second reign of Aegisthus
  8. Orestes, son of Agamemnon and Clytaemnestra, son-in-law of King Menelaus of Sparta, married to Hermione, also king of Sparta and Argos
  9. Tisamenus, son of Orestes and Hermione

Conquered by the Heraclids (Under Direct Rule from Argos)[]


Mask of Agamemnon

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Orestes and his sister Electra