Orestes (given name)

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Orestes or Orestis (Greek: Ορέστης) is a Greek name, meaning "he who stands on the mountain" or "one who can conquer mountains".

Orestes in Greek mythology is the son of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon, brother of Electra and Iphigenia. He is noted for avenging the murder of his father by killing his mother and her lover Aegisthus, whereafter he was pursued by the Furies and driven mad.

Equivalents in different languages include:

  • Aresti - found mostly in the Basque country and the island of Sardinia
  • Oreste - Italian
  • Orest (Cyrillic: Орест) - Ukrainian (sometimes Oryst in transliteration), Polish and Russian

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