Aerope, Queen of Mycenae

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Aerope, Queen of Mycenae

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Daughter of Catreus, King of Crete
Wife of Atreus, King of Mycenae
Partner of Thyestes (twin) of Mycenae
Mother of Menelaus, King of Sparta and Agamemnon, King of Mycenae
Half sister of Althaemenes; Apemosyne and Clymene

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About Aerope, Queen of Mycenae

Aërope (Ancient Greek: Ἀερόπη) was, in Greek mythology, a daughter of Catreus, king of Crete, and granddaughter of Minos.[1] Her father, who had received an oracle that he should lose his life by one of his children, gave her and her sister, Clymene, to Nauplius, who was to sell them in a foreign land. Another sister, Apemone, and her brother, Aethemenes, who had heard of the oracle, had left Crete and gone to Rhodes. Aërope afterwards married either Atreus or Pleisthenes, the son of Atreus, and became the mother of Agamemnon and Menelaus.[2][3][4] According to the version where Agamemnon and Menelaus's father was Pleisthenes, after the death of Pleisthenes, Aërope married Atreus, and her two sons, who were educated by Atreus, were generally believed to be his sons. Aërope, however, was unfaithful to Atreus, being seduced by Thyestes.[5][6][7][8][9]