Menelaus mĕnəlā´əs [key], in Greek mythology, king of Sparta, son of Atreus . He was the husband of Helen , father of Hermione , and younger brother of Agamemnon . When Paris, prince of Troy, abducted Helen, Menelaus asked the other Greek kings to join him in an expedition against Troy, beginning the Trojan War . Menelaus, although subordinate to Agamemnon, took a prominent part in the war. After the fall of Troy, he became reconciled with Helen, but before they finally reached Sparta they experienced a long series of adventures. Menelaus appears in the Iliad and the Odyssey.
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