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[men-l-ey-uh s] /ˌmɛn lˈeɪ əs/
Classical Mythology. a king of Sparta, the husband of Helen and brother of Agamemnon, to whom he appealed for an army against Troy in order to recover Helen from her abductor, Paris. Unabridged
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  • Menelaus was very reluctant to leave his place among the defenders of Patroclus.

    Stories from the Iliad H. L. Havell
  • So Menelaus, the King, departed from his home and went to the city of Priam.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • This was on the very day that Menelaus and Helen returned home.

  • Menelaus has also his myth of Ulysses at Troy, which he now proceeds to tell.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • Agamemnon was a son of Atreus according to Homer, and was the brother of Menelaus.

    The Browning Cyclopdia Edward Berdoe
  • For it is Proteus who sends Menelaus back to the Gods whom he has neglected and offended.

    Homer's Odyssey Denton J. Snider
  • Menelaus consented, only insisting that he should remain for the morning meal.

  • Ulysses once came here as envoy about yourself, and Menelaus with him.

    The Iliad Homer
  • The war at Troy is over, and Menelaus, beaten by storms out of his way, is shipwrecked on the coast of Egypt.

    Euripedes and His Age Gilbert Murray
British Dictionary definitions for Menelaus


(Greek myth) a king of Sparta and the brother of Agamemnon. He was the husband of Helen, whose abduction led to the Trojan War
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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