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    The Libation Bearers is the second play in the Ancient Greek tragic trilogy, The Oresteia, by Aeschylus. Electra and Orestes meet on the grave of their father, King Agamemnon, who was killed by their mother, Clytemnestra. Servants have been pouring libations on the grave to appease Agamemnon's spirit after Clytemnestra dreamt that she gave birth to a snake which was now drinking milk and blood from her breast. The siblings enter the palace and kill Clytemnestra and her husband, Aegisthus, before being chased away by the Erinyes (furies).