A-Z: General definitions: Heroes' Return from Troy


Many Greek heroes, like Agamemnon, Odysseus and Menelaus faced further trials after the fall of Troy. 'Agamemnon was murdered in his bath by Aegisthus, the lover of his wife Clytemnestra. 'Odysseus spent ten years travelling before he finally succeeded in reaching his home, the island of Ithaca. Here his wife Penelope, had been warding off suitors for her hand by claiming that she was weaving a shroud for Odysseus' father and would not remarry until it was finished. However, each night she unravelled the previous day's work. On his return, Odysseus took his revenge on the suitors but could not settle at home for long. ' Menelaus and Helen, the cause of so much trouble, were eventually reconciled and returned to Sparta.

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