They came to the hollows of Lacedaemon
And drove to Menelaus' palace,
Which they found filled with guests. Menelaus
Was hosting a double wedding party
For his son and his daughter. He was sending her
5To wed the son of Achilles, as he had promised Long ago in Troy, and now the gods
Were bringing the marriage to pass.
He was sending her off with horses and chariots
For her journey to the city of the Myrmidons,
10Over whom her husband-to-be was lord. For his son he was bringing a bride
From Sparta, the daughter of Alector.
This son, Megapenthes, was born from a slave woman,
For the gods had made Helen barren
15After the birth of her daughter Hermione, Who had the beauty of golden Aphrodite.
So Menelaus' kinsfolk and neighbors
Were feasting in the great hall. A bard
Was singing and playing the lyre,
20And two tumblers whirled among the guests And led them in the dancing.
And Nestor's son halted their horses
At the gate, and Eteoneus,
Menelaus' right-hand man, came out and saw them
25And went through the hall to bring the news To the shepherd of the people. He stood
At Menelaus' shoulder and his words flew fast: