How did Menelaus treat Telemachus and Pesistratus?  

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In Book IV, when Telemachus and Pisistratus sail to Sparta (Lacadaemon) to ask after Odysseus, Menelaus receives them graciously and treats them like gods. Their horses are cared for, they are welcomed into his magnificent home, and they are given places to bathe, are oiled down by servants, and are given fresh clothing. They are then seated beside Menelaus (places of honor) and are served from silver and gold dishes, fresh water and all forms of meats. Their goblets are made of gold. 

Menelaus tells them to eat until they are content, and only then will he ask who they are. He remarks that they must be sons of kings. When Telemachus remarks (under his breath, to Pisistratus) that Menelaus must have riches like Jove's, Menelaus overhears and tells them how he became rich; his tale includes the sack of Troy and how he wonders what became of Odysseus, whereupon Telemachus cries. Only when Helen comes down does she guess who the guests are. 

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