Menelaus is Helen's husband, Odysseus's friend and ally, and a King of Sparta. Rich, loud, and not especially good looking, Menelaus is a powerful ruler who won Helen's hand in a contest. When Helen ran away with Paris, Menelaus came to Ithaca to ask Odysseus to join him in a war against the Trojans, since Odysseus swore an oath to protect Menelaus's claims to Helen. Later, Telemachus goes to Menelaus’s palace to seek news of his father.
Menelaus Character Timeline in The Penelopiad
The timeline below shows where the character Menelaus appears in The Penelopiad. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6: My Marriage
Chapter 11: Helen Ruins My Life
Chapter 18: News of Helen
...discovered anything about Odysseus on his trip. Telemachus informed Penelope that he went to visit Menelaus. Penelope asked if he saw Helen while he was there, and Telemachus said that he... (full context)