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Menelaus - The Dumped

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The Dumped

Menelaus was furious when he landed in this clique. When his wife Helen dumped him for Paris, the sexy Trojan prince, Menelaus launched a full scale assault to get Helen back and make Troy pay. You might have heard of it; it's called the Trojan War. Ten bloody years later, Troy was rubble, Paris was dead, and Helen was sailing back with her hubby to Troy. Yeah, it’s safe to say Menelaus doesn’t deal well with breakups.


When Medea’s husband Jason ditched her for a pretty young princess named Glauce, Medea became an official member of this unfortunate clique. Medea got some seriously twisted revenge on Jason when she killed Glauce, Glauce’s father, and Medea and Jason’s sons, but we’re guessing no amount of bloody revenge can heal a broken heart.


Hippolyta is queen of the warrior women known as the Amazons. She became one of the dumped when her husband Theseus ditched her to marry Phaedra. Theseus definitely comes out looking pretty jerky in this story, because he forced Hippolyta to marry him against her will in the first place. When Hippolyta tried to get revenge by rounding up a posse of Amazons and attacking the wedding party, Theseus killed the Amazon queen. So yeah, that’s about as dumped as a person can get.


Yet another victim of Theseus’s jerkiness, Ariadne got dumped by the Athenian hero early on in his career. After Ariadne helped Theseus win his fame by conquering the Labyrinth and killing the Minotaur, he had the nerve to ditch her on an island and sail away. (Why is this guy a hero again?)


Deinara was the final wife of Heracles, who tried to dump her for a sexy young thing named Iole. This definitely didn’t work out too well for the big guy. To try to get her husband to love her again, Deinara gave him a robe that was covered with what she thought was a love potion. Unfortunately, instead of rekindling the flames of love, the potion started burning off Heracles’ skin—gross but true.

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