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Menelaus - King Tyndareas Commends Odysseus

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King Tyndareas Commends Odysseus

Case Description: King Tyndareas awards Odysseus for helping to avoid a conflict between the many, many suitors who lined up for the hand of the beautiful Helen. By suggesting to the king that all suitors should swear to uphold the honor of the one man who was chosen to be Helen’s husband, Odysseus helped Tyndareas avoid a potential war between the rival suitors when Helen was given to Menelaus.

Case Status: When Paris took off with Helen, Menelaus called in the oaths of all the other suitors, so they all (including Odysseus) had to go with Menelaus to Troy to help him avenge the jilted man’s honor. So Odysseus’ bright idea helped cause a large-scale war. We wonder... was it really such a bright idea?

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