Asteroid 14791, Atreus, a Jupiter Trojan, was discovered on September 19, 1973 by C. J. van Houten and Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld on photographic plates taken at Palomar Observatory near Pauma Mountain, California by Tom Gehrels. It has a period of 11 years, 235 days.

It was named for Atreus, king of Mycenae. He was the forebear of the unfortunate and divinely cursed House of Atreides, the son of Pelops, grandson of Tantalus, father of Agamemnon and Menelaos and brother of Thyestes. Tantalus had killed and cooked Pelops, his own son, and served him to the gods, who immediately punished him by afflicting him with terrible hunger and thirst, putting him in a pool of water that vanished when he tried to drink it, with luscious fruits hanging just over his head that shot out of reach when he tried to grab them. His sons, Atreus and Thyestes, were banished from the city of Olympia for killing their half-brother and fought for the throne of Mycenae with the aid of the gods; Atreus punished Thyestes for his affair with Atreus' wife Aerope by killing Thyestes' two sons and serving them to him for dinner. Another son of Thyestes', Aegisthus, grew up to kill Atreus, as well as Atreus' son Agamemnon. Eventually Atreus' grandson Orestes purged the curse from the House of Atreides by killing both Aegisthus and his own mother Klytemnestra to avenge their murder of his father Agamemnon, then spending years being pursued by the Furies until he was absolved of his guilt in a trial before the gods.

The central characters of Frank Herbert's "Dune" books, the House of Atreides, were descendants of Agamemnon and of Atreus (hence their surname).

Astrologically, Atreus seems to indicate something cursed, ill-fated, unethical, vicious, invidious, to expiate through suffering and ethical behavior .

Jeffrey Dahmer had Atreus in the fourth house, square Venus and Cyllarus, quincunx Rhadamanthus, and quincunx/semisextile the Nodal axis. His mother was reportedly mentally unbalanced. He picked up men unlikely to be missed or looked for very hard by the police to rape, torture and cannibalize in his apartment in an inner-city complex where the complaints of the residents about the stench emanating from his unit were ignored. Incredibly, he managed to talk the Milwaukee police out of arresting him after an undersized, obviously underage 14-year-old boy escaped from his shabby apartment naked, handcuffed and bleeding from the anus. The boy was promptly killed. Dahmer himself ended up beaten to death in prison by a fellow convicted murderer who considered himself justified in killing him and his brother changed his name.

Adolf Hitler had Atreus in the fifth house, conjunct Eris and sextile Vesta. He committed suicide, along with his new bride Eva Braun, and is believed to have died childless. There are people (not necessarily related to him) who happen to share his surname; some have changed their names.

Al Capone had Atreus conjunct Mercury and sextile Ceres. A vicious gangster whose reign of terror over Chicagoland in the 1920s is mythic, he had a talent for organization and built his fortune on providing illegal liquor (which never should have been outlawed). His son ended up changing his name.

Timothy McVeigh had Atreus in the fourth house, cusping the fifth, conjunct the South Node in Libra, quincunx the Moon in Pisces, and opposite Venus, Saturn and the North Node in Aries. He was very cold-blooded and unrepentant about his mass murder and wounding of innocent people in Oklahoma City and considered having children with one of the many murder groupies who corresponded with him in prison, but discarded the idea, not wanting to subject any child to the effects of the infamy of his deeds.

Canadian serial killer and rapist Paul Bernardo had Atreus trine Pallas; an out-of-wedlock child, he was abused by his mother, and his murder trial was highly politicized.

Karla Homolka, his wife and partner in crime, had Atreus trine Eris and quincunx Sun and Saturn. She was widely believed to have cleverly manipulated the criminal justice system to evade full responsibility for her part in the murders, which included that of her own 15-year-old sister Tammy. After being paroled, she went into hiding.

David Koresh had Atreus in the fourth house, square the Nodes. The Branch Davidian sect he once led has dedicated itself to purging itself of his legacy.

Woody Guthrie, a legendary folk singer with left-leaning political views who died of the hereditary neurological disorder Huntington's Disease, which also claimed his mother, had Atreus semisextile Uranus, square Saturn and trine Pluto.

The glyph for Atreus is mine.

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