In ancient Greece, a city would dominate the surrounding countryside. The more powerful city would have a citadel situated in the strategic position of the city, such as the high ground. Within these walled strongholds, temples were built for the worship of their gods and the nobles resided in magnificent palaces.
The ruler of the city was a king, though sometimes it was ruled by a queen. It was important for kingdom, that the king have an heir to succeed him, therefore it was vital he married and start a family. The king would marry his daughters or sons to powerful families within his own kingdom, and sometimes to other families from different kingdoms, forming strong alliance, hoping to ensure prosperity and security for his own kingdom.
Yet, alliance easily formed can also be easily broken. Wars can break out not only from foreign kingdoms, but also within one’s own family. Strife and bloodshed can spread like wildfire, with brother turning against brother, son against father, uncle against nephew.
Here are some of the stories of the kingdoms’ most powerful families are told where tragedies and curses follow them. There are stories on families in Mycenae, Argos and Thebes. Also included here, are the Aeolids (descendants of Aeolus), and the House of Troy. I may include more families in the future.
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Gold Mask of Atreus
Found in Mycenae, Bronze Age
National Archaeological Museum, Athens
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