The Menelean EBBA Archivist

We have determined that we must keep wrestling with the Protean ballad to try and pin it down but that such “pinning” of standardization is a process which requires scholarly expertise.

One can one rule well one Greek archive kingdom, but even then its virtually impossible to pin everything down; standards must thus continually come to a scholarly or team “vote.” At the granular, tailor-made level, such Menelean decisions are very hard to export/import.

1 In Greek mythology, Menelaus wrestled with Proteus and was able to momentarily pin him down to make him speak truth. Menelaus (Ancient Greek: Μενέλαος) was a legendary king of Mycenaean (pre-Dorian) Sparta, the husband of Helen, and a central figure in the Trojan War. He was the son of Atreus and Aerope, and brother of Agamemnon king of Mycenae and leader of the Greek army during the War. Prominent in both the Iliad and Odyssey, Menelaus was also popular in Greek vase painting and Greek tragedy; the latter more as a hero of the Trojan War than as a member of the doomed House of Atreus.