.), a festival celebrated at Therapnae in Laconia, in
honour of Menelaus and Helen, who were believed to be buried there. (Paus. 3.19
Though, however, Menelaus was associated in this worship, and the festival
connected with the place as stated above sometimes bears his name, it is a
question whether the Ξ̔λένεια
is not the
name under which the great festival of Therapnae should be known. In divine
honours Helen was certainly the prominent figure, regarded as a goddess of
dawn; and, further, as the bestower of grace and beauty on children (Hdt. 6.61
). We have no description of the separate
rites for Menelaus; but there is mention of a procession of Spartan maidens
to Therapnae in honour of Helen. They drove in the carriages with wicker
tilts called κάνναθρα
also Preller, Griechische Myth.
ii. p. 109.