[ey-tree-uh s, ey-tryoos]
- the father of Plisthenes, Agamemnon, Menelaus, and Anaxibia upon whose house Thyestes pronounced a curse.
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Examples from the Web for atreus
Resurrected by the gods, Pelops has a son whom he names Atreus, and Atreus repeats the family curse.Cheney Blood Lust
October 22, 2009
You have heard what happened in the quarrel of Atreus and Thyestes?Statesman
Or from what necessity did the son of Atreus, assembling an army, lead it hither?
Do the sons of Atreus alone, of articulate-speaking men, love their wives?
Thus spoke the son of Atreus, and the other Greeks approved.
Is it that thou mayest witness the insolence of Agamemnon, the son of Atreus?
- Greek myth a king of Mycenae, son of Pelops, father of Agamemnon and Menelaus, and member of the family known as the Atreids (ˈeɪtrɪɪdz)
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Word Origin and History for atreus
son of Pelops, father of Agamemnon and Menelaeus.
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