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Menelaus

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Menelaus was the king of Sparta, but he’s most famous for getting royally dumped. When his gorgeous wife Helen ran off with Paris, the pretty boy of Troy, Menelaus was beyond angry. He called up his powerful brother Agamemnon and together they drafted the who’s who of Greece to sail to Troy and avenge Menelaus’ honor. Next thing you know, the biggest army of Greeks the world had ever seen was knocking on the gates of Troy, and the Trojan War swiftly kicked into high gear. Ten years and one giant wooden horse later, Troy was in ruins, and Helen was back in her husband’s arms. The lesson here? Never make a Spartan mad.

Basic Information

Name

Menelaus

Nickname

Agamemnon's Brother

Sex

Male

Current city

Elysium

Work & Education

Occupation

King of Sparta
Warrior

Education

Ares' Academy of War

Beliefs

Political views

Death to all Trojans!

Family & Friends (& Enemies)

Parents

Pleisthenes (Dad)
Aerope (Mom)

Siblings

Agamemnon
Anaxiba

Children

Hermione (with Helen)
Megapenthes (with some slave woman)

Friends

Agamemnon (my brother who really came through for me when Helen ran off)
Odysseus (more like work buddies)

Enemies

Paris (who took off with my wife)
Every Citizen of Troy (just because)

Relationships

Relationship status

Married to Helen (it’s extremely complicated)

Interested in

My wife (I just can’t help it. Have you seen what she looks like?)

Favorites

TV Shows

Game of Thrones  
Friday Night Lights  
Sons of Anarchy 

Quotations

“No adultery is bloodless”
– Natalia Ginzburg

“When tears come down like falling rain,
You'll toss around and call my name.
You'll walk the floor the way I do.
Your cheatin' heart will tell on you.”
– Hank Williams

“Death is the mother of beauty.”
– Wallace Stevens

“Well I hope that I don't fall in love with you
'Cause falling in love just makes me blue,
Well the music plays and you display your heart for me to see,
I had a beer and now I hear you calling out for me
And I hope that I don't fall in love with you.”
– Tom Waits

“In order for a man to be truly evil, he must be a woman.”
– Craig Bruce

Books

Anna Karenina (Here’s a heroine I love to hate. Adultery is not cool, Anna!) 
“No Second Troy” by William Butler Yeats  
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin  
“She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron  
“The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson 
“The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” by Ernest Hemingway  
“Beat! Beat! Drums!” by Walt Whitman  
The Iliad by Homer (even though there should be way more of me in this one)  
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien  
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare (sometimes I think the shrew tamed me) 

Music

Your Cheatin’ Heart by Hank Williams (kind of my anthem) 
I Hope That I Don’t Fall in Love with You by Tom Waits (but I did) 
The Wind by the Zac Brown Band  
Drunk on You by Luke Bryan (makes me think of when things were good with me and Helen)  
Head Full of Doubt by the Avett Brothers  
Maneater by Hall and Oates (lookin’ at you Helen!)  
Somethin’ Bout a Truck by Kip Moore  
Warrior’s Call by Volbeat (Rock it out.) 

Movies

300 (Don’t mess with Sparta!)  
Hot Tub Time Machine (a new classic)  
Anna Karenina (Grrrr...)  
Unfaithful  
Fight Club (Yeah, I definitely see myself as the Brad Pitt type.) 
The Hangover
Apocalypse Now (Most of my life was apocalypse always.)  
The Dark Knight Rises 

Activities & Interests

Likes

The Society for Creative Anachronisms  
Paintball  
Beauty pageants 

Interests

Royal history
Battle tactics

Groups

Heroes of the Trojan War
Union of Kings
Victims of Adultery Support Group
Veterans 

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