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Menelaus in the Archaic Period: Not Quite the Best of the Achaeans

Anna R. Stelow

Abstract

The figure of Menelaus has remained notably overlooked in scholarship on the major heroes and heroines of Homeric epic. This book studies the Homeric character through a multidisciplinary approach to his depiction in archaic Greek poetry, art, and cult, providing a detailed analysis of ancient literary, visual, and material evidence. It first examines the portrayal of Menelaus in the Homeric poems as a unique ‘personality’ with an integral role to play in each narrative, as depicted through typical patterns of speech and action and through intertextual allusion. The book then explores his repr ... More

Keywords: Menelaus, Homeric epic, archaic Greek poetry, archaic Greek art, archaic Greek cult, Homeric poems, Helen of Troy, epic poetry, classical Athens, Sparta cult

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780199685929
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199685929.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna R. Stelow, author
Researcher in the Department of Classics, University of Virginia