[ey-tree-uh s, ey-tryoos]

noun Classical Mythology.

the father of Plisthenes, Agamemnon, Menelaus, and Anaxibia upon whose house Thyestes pronounced a curse. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of atreus

  • Resurrected by the gods, Pelops has a son whom he names Atreus, and Atreus repeats the family curse.

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    October 22, 2009

Historical Examples of atreus

British Dictionary definitions for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper