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p749 Menelaeia

Article by Leonhard Schmitz, Ph.D., F.R.S.E., Rector of the High School of Edinburgh
on p749 of

William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

MENELAEIA (μενελάεια), a festival celebrated at Therapnae in Laconia, in honour of Menelaus and Helen, who were believed to be buried there (Paus. III.19 § 9). Menelaus was to the Lacedaemonians what Nestor was to the Messenians, a model of a wise and just king, and hence they raised him to the rank of one of the great gods (Isocrat. Panath. p247B), and honoured him and Helena with annual and solemn sacrifices, which continued to be offered in the days of Isocrates (Helen. Encom. p218D). These solemnities are sometimes called Ἑλένια (see Creuzer, Symbol. III p38).


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