Usage Greek Mythology
Scripts Ἀερόπη(Ancient Greek)
Other Forms FormsAërope, Aerópē, Aeropos (Aeropus), Aeriope
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Meaning & History
Possibly from an ancient name for the bee-eater, a type of bird. In Greek myth Aerope was a daughter of the king of Crete, granddaughter of Minos and wife of Atreus (to whom she was married after the death of his son and her first husband Pleisthenes - with whom she had sons Agamemnon and Menelaus). She was seduced by Atreus' brother Thyestes and helped him to produce the golden lamb which made him king of Mycenae.