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Menelaus

  • Profile

    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 

  • Spotter's Guide

    Menelaus is a big dude with an even bigger chip on his shoulder. We can’t say we blame him, though. When his wife, Helen, ran off with Paris of Troy, Menelaus was the laughing stock of all of Greece. You'd think he would’ve gotten over it after he annihilated Troy and took her back. But from what we hear, they’re still having problems even though they’re living in splendor down in Elysium. You’ll know Menelaus when you see him. He’ll be the guy with the prettiest girl ever on his arm, but the nastiest scowl ever on his face.

    Sex: Male
    Age: Middle-aged
    Build: Muscular
    Complexion: Tan
    Hair Color: Dark brown
    Facial Hair: Big beard
    Scars/marks/tattoos: Battle scars
    Jewelry and accessories: Crown of Sparta
    Clothing: Regal robes
    Armor: Well-made and well-worn
    Type of Weapon: Spears, swords, shields

    Typical Companions:

    Agamemnon
    Odysseus

    Known Hangouts:

    Sparta
    Troy
    Elysium

  • Sightings

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    The Iliad by Homer

    Menelaus and Agamemnon kick some Trojan butt in this definitive poem about the Trojan War.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    The Odyssey by Homer

    Odysseus’ son Telemachus pops in on Helen and Menelaus in Sparta in this sequel to the Iliad.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    Ajax by Sophocles

    Menelaus orders that Ajax’s body not be buried in this tragedy of Trojan War.

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    Andromache by Euripides

    Years after the Trojan War, Menelaus and his daughter Hermione terrorize their Trojan captive, Andromache, in this tragedy.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Helen by Euripides

    In this crazy tragedy, Menelaus discovers that the Helen who Paris took to Troy was just a phantom and that his real wife was spirited away to Egypt by the gods. (Say what?)

    Dec 20, 2019

    Orestes by Euripides

    Orestes and Electra are sentenced to death by Menelaus for killing Clytemnestra in this tragedy. (We wonder what Agamemnon would think about that.)

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Trojan Women by Euripides

    Helen uses her feminine wiles to convince her husband not to execute her in this tragedy. (Oh, Menelaus...you really fell for that?)

    Dec 20, 2019 - Dec 20, 2019

    Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides

    In this tragedy, Menelaus convinces Agamemnon to sacrifice his daughter Iphigenia so that the Greek armies can sail to Troy. Talk about a major favor.

    Dec 20, 0299 - Dec 20, 0399

    The Fall of Troy by Quintus Smyrnaeus

    In this epic poem, Agamemnon, Menelaus, and the rest of the Greeks totally destroy Troy.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare

    Agamemnon and Menelaus are both minor characters in this “problem” play about love gone wrong in the Trojan War.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Troy

    This Hollywood blockbuster remixes Greek mythology by having Menelaus die at the hands of Hector during the Trojan War.

    Dec 20, 2019

    Iphigenia 2.0 by Charles Mee

    Menelaus pops up in this totally postmodern remix of Euripides’ Iphigenia at Aulis. (Be prepared for craziness.)

    Dec 20, 2019

    Marvel Illustrated: The Iliad

    Check out Menelaus in Marvel Comics’ awesome adaption of Homer’s Iliad.

    Dec 20, 2019

    The Trojan War

    Marvel kicks out yet another digital comic about the Trojan War—Menelaus included.

    Dec 20, 2019

    These Seven Sicknesses by Sean Graney

    Menelaus acts like Agamemnon’s clueless sidekick in this modernized marathon of all of Sophocles’ extant plays.