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 (ā′tro͞os′, ā′trē-əs)
n. Greek Mythology
A king of Mycenae, brother of Thyestes and father of Agamemnon and Menelaus.


(ˈeɪtrɪˌuːs; ˈeɪtrɪəs)
(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a king of Mycenae, son of Pelops, father of Agamemnon and Menelaus, and member of the family known as the Atreids (ˈeɪtrɪɪdz)


(ˈeɪ tri əs, ˈeɪ tryus)

a legendary king of Mycenae, the father of Agamemnon and Menelaus.
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Noun1.Atreus - (Greek mythology) the king of Mycenae and father of Agamemnon and of Menelaus
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
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In the old Greek legend the Atreidae, or children of Atreus, were doomed to punishment because of the abominable crime of their father.
And Paris came to the house of the Atreidae, and shaming the tables of guest friendship, he stole Helen away.
Just so," they say, "Zeus the great guest god drives the Atreidae against Alexander, for the sake of one woman with many men" (60-62).