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Aerope [r]: Wife of Atreus, mother of Agamemnon and Menelaos. She gave the golden ram on which the kingship of Mycenae depended, to the brother of Atreus whose name was Thyestes with whom she was having an affair. Source: Elizabeth Vandiver, Classics scholar, authority on Greek mythology as well as Greek tragedy, the Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid, Homer, and Virgil. This definition is based on her course Classical Mythology for The Teaching Company.