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The Odyssey

The Odyssey

  

by Homer

Menelaos

Character Analysis

A King of Sparta and husband to Helen; he's the second man Telemachos visits in his search for Odysseus, and he's the one who confirms the boy's father is still alive and on Kalypso's island. Like his buddy Nestor, he's hospitable—but his main function is to tell Telemachos lots and lots of stories about his dad.

For more on this guy, check out Shmoop's guide to Menelaus.