Score: 4.5
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Helen of Troy


  • Author: Andrew Lang
  • Release Date : 1912-01-01
  • Genre: Classics
  • File Size: 72592 Bytes


In Greek mythology, Helen, better known as Helen of Sparta or Helen of Troy, was daughter of Zeus and Leda, wife of king Menelaus of Sparta and sister of Castor, Polydeuces and Clytemnestra. Her abduction by Paris brought about the Trojan War. Helen was described as having the face that launched a thousand ships. Helen or Helene is probably derived from the Greek word meaning "torch" or "corposant" or might be related to "selene" meaning "moon"....

Score: 4
From 34 Ratings

Helen of Troy


  • Author: Margaret George
  • Release Date : 2006-08-03
  • Genre: Historical
  • File Size: 3338774 Bytes


Acclaimed author Margaret George tells the story of the legendary Greek woman whose face "launched a thousand ships" in this New York Times bestseller.The Trojan War, fought nearly twelve hundred years before the birth of Christ, and recounted in Homer's Iliad, continues to haunt us because of its origins: one woman's beauty, a visiting prince's passion, and a love that ended in tragedy.Laden with doom, yet surprising in its moments of innocence and beauty, Helen of Troy is an exquisite page-turner with a cast of irresistible, legendary characters—Odysseus, Hector, Achilles, Menelaus, Priam, Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, as well as Helen and Paris themselves. With a wealth of material that reproduces the Age of Bronze in all its glory, it brings to life...

Helen of Troy
Score: 3
From 24 Ratings

Helen of Troy


  • Author : Margaret George
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2006-08-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1101218797


Helen of Troy Book Description :

Acclaimed author Margaret George tells the story of the legendary Greek woman whose face "launched a thousand ships" in this New York Times bestseller. The Trojan War, fought nearly twelve hundred years before the birth of Christ, and recounted in Homer's Iliad, continues to haunt us because of its origins: one woman's beauty, a visiting prince's passion, and a love that ended in tragedy. Laden with doom, yet surprising in its moments of innocence and beauty, Helen of Troy is an exquisite page-turner with a cast of irresistible, legendary characters—Odysseus, Hector, Achilles, Menelaus, Priam, Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, as well as Helen and Paris themselves. With a wealth of material that reproduces the Age of Bronze in all its glory, it brings to li...

Helen of Troy
Score: 4
From 7 Ratings

Helen of Troy


  • Author : Bettany Hughes
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2011-01-25
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781446419144


Helen of Troy Book Description :

As soon as men began to write, they made Helen of Troy their subject; for nearly three thousand years she has been both the embodiment of absolute female beauty and a reminder of the terrible power that beauty can wield. Because of her double marriage to the Greek King Menelaus and the Trojan Prince Paris, Helen was held responsible for both the Trojan War and enduring enmity between East and West. For millennia she has been viewed as an exquisite agent of extermination. But who was she? Helen exists in many guises: a matriarch from the Age of Heroes who ruled over one of the most fertile areas of the Mycenaean world; Helen of Sparta, the focus of a cult which conflated Helen the heroine with a pre-Greek fertility goddess; the home-wrecker of the Ili...

The Memoirs of Helen of Troy
Score: 2.5
From 4 Ratings

The Memoirs of Helen of Troy


  • Author : Amanda Elyot
  • Publisher : Three Rivers Press (CA)
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307338600


The Memoirs of Helen of Troy Book Description :

The fictional memoirs of the one of the world's most beautiful and notorious women offers Helen's personal perspective on her turbulent childhood as the result of a rumored affair between her mother the queen and the god Zeus, the alienating impact of her stunning beauty, her kidnapping by Theseus, her marriage to the king of Sparta, and her role in the devastating war that would change the world. Reader's Guide included. Reprint. 15,000 first printing....

Helen of Troy

Helen of Troy


  • Author : Ruby Blondell
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-09-30
  • Genre:
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9780190263539


Helen of Troy Book Description :

Ancient Greek culture is pervaded by a profound ambivalence regarding female beauty. It is an awe-inspiring, supremely desirable gift from the gods, essential to the perpetuation of a man's name through reproduction; yet it also grants women terrifying power over men, posing a threat inseparable from its allure. The myth of Helen is the central site in which the ancient Greeks expressed and reworked their culture's anxieties about erotic desire. Despite the passage of three millennia, contemporary culture remains almost obsessively preoccupied with all the power and danger of female beauty and sexuality that Helen still represents. Yet Helen, the embodiment of these concerns for our purported cultural ancestors, has been little studied from this pers...

Helen of Troy and Her Shameless Phantom

Helen of Troy and Her Shameless Phantom


  • Author : Norman Austin
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-09-05
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501720703


Helen of Troy and Her Shameless Phantom Book Description :

Like the male heroes of epic poetry, Helen of Troy has been immortalized, but not for deeds of strength and honor; she is remembered as the beautiful woman who disgraced herself and betrayed her family and state. Norman Austin here surveys interpretations of Helen in Greek literature from the Homeric period through later antiquity. He looks most closely at a revisionist myth according to which Helen never sailed to Troy, but remained blameless, while a libertine phantom or ghost impersonated her at Troy. Comparing the functions of contradictory images of Helen, Austin helps to clarify the problematic relations between beauty and honor and between ugliness and shame in ancient Greece. Austin first discusses the canonical account of the Iliad and the O...

Helen of Troy

Helen of Troy


  • Author : Jack Lindsay
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1974
  • Genre: Greek literature
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015031589685


Helen of Troy Book Description :

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Helen of Troy

Helen of Troy


  • Author : Andrew Lang
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 1882
  • Genre: Helen of Troy (Greek mythology)
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : NYPL:33433074899760


Helen of Troy Book Description :

Scottish writer Andrew Lang is best remember for his prolific collections of folk and fairy tales, but he was also an accomplished poet, literary critic, novelist and contributor in the field of anthropology. In Lang's Helen of Troy, a story in rhyme of the fortunes of Helen, the theory that she was an unwilling victim of the Gods has been preferred. Many of the descriptions of manners are versified from the Iliad and the Odyssey. The description of the events after the death ......

Helen of Troy

Helen of Troy


  • Author : Margaret George
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2011-05-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 9781447204749


Helen of Troy Book Description :

Bestselling novelist, Margaret George, here imagines the story of Helen of Sparta and Troy, one of the most amazing female mythical characters, ancient or modern. A war, which lasted for 10 years, was fought over her and nearly all the stories of the heroic age were bound into her story – a measure of her capacity to galvanise men into action. Using her unique gift for research and recreation, Margaret George brings to life a Helen who was a tantalizing enigma from the very first, flesh and blood certainly, but also immortal, as the daughter of Zeus. Her beauty is so overwhelming and dangerous that, as a child, she is protected from seeing her reflection. Kings and princes compete for her hand in marriage, and she marries Menelaus of Sparta, but be...

Helen of Troy
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Helen of Troy


  • Author : Laurie Maguire
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2009-04-06
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : 1444308637


Helen of Troy Book Description :

Helen of Troy: From Homer to Hollywood is a comprehensive literary biography of Helen of Troy, which explores the ways in which her story has been told and retold in almost every century from the ancient world to the modern day. Takes readers on an epic voyage into the literary representations of a woman who has wielded a great influence on Western cultural consciousness for more than three millennia Features a wide and diverse variety of literary sources, including epic, drama, novels, poems, film, comedy, and opera, and works by Homer, Euripides, Chaucer, Shakespeare Includes an analysis of a radio play by the prize-winning author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and a Faust play by a contemporary Scottish playwright Explores th...