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GenderMasculine
ScriptsΜενελαος Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.men-i-LAY-əs English
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Meaning & History

From the Greek name Μενελαος (Menelaos), derived either from μενω (meno) meaning "to stay, to wait" or μενος (menos) meaning "mind, strength, force" combined with λαος (laos) meaning "the people". In Greek legend he was a king of Sparta and the husband of Helen. When his wife was taken by Paris, the Greeks besieged the city of Troy in an effort to get her back. After the war Menelaus and Helen settled down to a happy life.
VariantMenelaos

Categories

Iliad characters, kings, Latinizations, mythology
Entry updated December 8, 2017