Menelaus (might of the people) In Greek mythology, king of Sparta; son of Atreus and Aerope; younger brother of Agamemnon, Anixibia, and Pleisthenes; husband of Helen. He returned to Sparta with Helen after the Trojan War. His return voyage is described in Homer’s Odyssey (book 4), and Theocritus’s Idyll 18 is a marriage song for Menelaus and Helen. Menelaus and Helen were worshipped as demigods at Therapne near Sparta. He appears in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Euripides’ Helen, and Vergil’s Aeneid.
Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante