Examples of Nets in Agamemnon
All line references in this section are taken from Professor Gilbert Murray's translation of Agamemnon, available through Project Gutenburg. Using a program like Notepad to open it, you should be able to easily find the referenced lines. Breaks between lines are indicated by '||'.
The first reference to nets comes on line 815:
"0 Zeus, All-ruler, and Night the Aid, || Gainer of glories, and hast thou thrown || Over the towers of Ilion || Thy net close-laid, || That none so nimble and none so tall || Shall escape withal || The snare of the slaver that claspeth all?"
The second, on line 1517:
"Oh, had he half the wounds that variously || Came rumoured home, his flesh must be a net, || All holes from heel to crown!"
A third, on line 1818:
"To thee she speaks, and waits ... clear words and true! || Oh, doom is all around thee like a net; || Yield, if thou canst.... Belike thou canst not yet."
A fourth reference to nets is made on line 1962:
"Ah, ah! What is it? There; it is coming clear. || A net ... some net of Hell. || Nay, she that lies with him ... is she the snare? || And half of his blood upon it. It holds well...."
When Clytemnestra is boasting about killing Agamemnon, she makes several references to 'webs' (line 2496). The chorus also describes Agamemnon as "caught in the web of this spider thing" (line 2681, 2716).
"The man could neither guard himself nor fly. || An endless web, as by some fisher strung, || A deadly plenteousness of robe, I flung ||All round him, and struck twice; and with two cries || His limbs turned water and broke;"
While a fifth and final reference comes on line 2827:
"To see him, in this net the Furies wove, || To atone the old craft of his father's hand."
As a final aside, and while not mentioned in the text, during the enterance of Agamemnon Cassandra would be dressed in a white, full length robe covered by an agrênon, or net of wool with large meshes. This befits her role as a prophetess, and is something that listeners of the time would have been aware of.