Orestes, son of Agamemnon, King of Mycenae, and Clytasmnestra, his wife, returned from his hiding-place at Phocis with his friend Pylades and avenged the murder of his father on Clytsemnestra and the usurper AEgisthus. Pursued by the Furies, he. fled to Athens and was purged by the Areopagus; or, according to the story as told by Euripides, fled to the Tauric Chersonese (the Crimea) in order to carry off the statue of Artemis. This with Pylades he succeeded in doing after being recognised by the priestess Iphigenia. his own sister, who escaped with him.