Latinized form of Greek Κλυταιμνηστρα (Klytaimnestra)
, from κλυτος (klytos)
"famous, noble" and μνηστηρ (mnester)
"courter, wooer". In Greek legend Clytemnestra was the wife of Agamemnon
and the mother of Orestes
. While her husband was away during the Trojan War she took a lover, and upon his return she had him murdered. She was subsequently killed by Orestes.