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Jove’s explanation of the fate of Aegisthus serves primarily to
characterize the gods as unforgiving entities who unfairly punish humans.
reveal Mercury to be an untrustworthy messenger.
illustrate that men sometimes chose the wrong behavior, despite warnings.
characterize men as powerless victims at the mercy of the gods.
emphasize that Aegisthus had to pay Orestes a fortune.