Helen of Troy

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Publisher : Oxford University Press
ISBN 13 : 0190263539
Total Pages : 308 pages
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Book Synopsis Helen of Troy by : Ruby Blondell

Download or read book Helen of Troy written by Ruby Blondell and published by Oxford University Press. This book was released on 2015-09-30 with total page 308 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "The story of Helen of Troy has its origins in ancient Greek epic and didactic poetry, more than 2500 years ago, but it remains one of the world's most galvanizing myths about the destructive power of beauty. Much like the ancient Greeks, our own relationship to female beauty is deeply ambivalent, fraught with both desire and danger. We worship and fear it, advertise it everywhere yet try desperately to control and contain it. No other myth evocatively captures this ambivalence better than that of Helen, daughter of Zeus and Leda, and wife of the Spartan leader Menelaus. Her elopement with (or abduction by) the Trojan prince Paris "launched a thousand ships" and started the most famous war in antiquity. For ancient Greek poets and philosophers, the Helen myth provided a means to explore the paradoxical nature of female beauty, which is at once an awe-inspiring, supremely desirable gift from the gods, essential to the perpetuation of a man's name through reproduction, yet also grants women terrifying power over men, posing a threat inseparable from its allure. Many ancients simply vilified Helen for her role in the Trojan War but there is much more to her story than that: the kidnapping of Helen by the Athenian hero Theseus, her sibling-like relationship with Achilles, the religious cult in which she was worshipped by maidens and newlyweds, and the variant tradition which claims she never went to Troy at all but was whisked away to Egypt and replaced with a phantom. In this book, author Ruby Blondell offers a fresh look at the paradoxes and ambiguities that Helen embodies. Moving from Homer and Hesiod to Sappho, Aeschylus, Euripides, and others, Helen of Troy shows how this powerful myth was continuously reshaped and revisited by the Greeks. By focusing on this key figure from ancient Greece, the book both extends our understanding of that culture and provides a fascinating perspective on our own." - Besedilo s knjižnega zavihka.

Helen of Troy [in verse.].

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Total Pages : 212 pages
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Helen of Troy

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Publisher : Random House
ISBN 13 : 1446419142
Total Pages : 528 pages
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Book Synopsis Helen of Troy by : Bettany Hughes

Download or read book Helen of Troy written by Bettany Hughes and published by Random House. This book was released on 2011-01-25 with total page 528 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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 Iliad; the bitch-whore of Greek tragedy; the pin-up of Romantic artists. Focusing on the 'real' Helen - a flesh-and-blood aristocrat from the Greek Bronze Age - acclaimed historian Bettany Hughes reconstructs the context of life for this elusive pre-historic princess and places her alongside the heroes and heroines of myth and history. Through the eyes of a young Mycenaean woman, Hughes examines the physical, historical and cultural traces that Helen has left on locations in Greece, North Africa and Asia Minor. Vivid and compelling, this remarkable book brilliantly unpacks the facts and myths surrounding one of the most enigmatic and notorious figures of all time.

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Publisher : Library of Alexandria
ISBN 13 : 1465600868
Total Pages : 173 pages
Book Rating : 4.4/5 (656 download)

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Book Synopsis Helen of Troy by : Andrew Lang

Download or read book Helen of Troy written by Andrew Lang and published by Library of Alexandria. This book was released on 1882 with total page 173 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The character and history of Helen of Troy have been conceived of in very different ways by poets and mythologists. In attempting to trace the chief current of ancient traditions about Helen, we cannot really get further back than the Homeric poems, the Iliad and Odyssey. Philological conjecture may assure us that Helen, like most of the characters of old romance, is Òmerely the Dawn,Ó or Light, or some other bright being carried away by Paris, who represents Night, or Winter, or the Cloud, or some other power of darkness. Without discussing these ideas, it may be said that the Greek poets (at all events before allegorical explanations of mythology came in, about five hundred years before Christ) regarded Helen simply as a woman of wonderful beauty. Homer was not thinking of the Dawn, or the Cloud when he described Helen among the Elders on the Ilian walls, or repeated her lament over the dead body of Hector. The Homeric poems are our oldest literary documents about Helen, but it is probable enough that the poet has modified and purified more ancient traditions which still survive in various fragments of Greek legend. In Homer Helen is always the daughter of Zeus. Isocrates tells us (ÒHelena,Ó 211 b) that Òwhile many of the demigods were children of Zeus, he thought the paternity of none of his daughters worth claiming, save that of Helen only.Ó In Homer, then, Helen is the daughter of Zeus, but Homer says nothing of the famous legend which makes Zeus assume the form of a swan to woo the mother of Helen. Unhomeric as this myth is, we may regard it as extremely ancient. Very similar tales of pursuit and metamorphosis, for amatory or other purposes, among the old legends of Wales, and in the ÒArabian Nights,Ó as well as in the myths of Australians and Red Indians. Again, the belief that different families of mankind descend from animals, as from the Swan, or from gods in the shape of animals, is found in every quarter of the world, and among the rudest races. Many Australian natives of to-day claim descent, like the royal house of Sparta, from the Swan. The Greek myths hesitated as to whether Nemesis or Leda was the bride of the Swan. Homer only mentions Leda among Òthe wives and daughters of mighty men,Ó whose ghosts Odysseus beheld in Hades: ÒAnd I saw Leda, the famous bedfellow of Tyndareus, who bare to Tyndareus two sons, hardy of heart, Castor, tamer of steeds, and the boxer Polydeuces.Ó These heroes Helen, in the Iliad (iii. 238), describes as her motherÕs sons. Thus, if Homer has any distinct view on the subject, he holds that Leda is the mother of Helen by Zeus, of the Dioscuri by Tyndareus.

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Total Pages : 151 pages
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Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 13 : 9781444308631
Total Pages : 280 pages
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Book Synopsis Helen of Troy by : Laurie Maguire

Download or read book Helen of Troy written by Laurie Maguire and published by John Wiley & Sons. This book was released on 2009-04-06 with total page 280 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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 themes such as narrative difficulties in portraying Helen, how legal history relates to her story, and how writers apportion blame or exculpate her Considers the aesthetic and narrative difficulties that ensue when literature translates myth

Helen of Troy in Hollywood

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Publisher : Princeton University Press
ISBN 13 : 0691229643
Total Pages : 344 pages
Book Rating : 4.6/5 (912 download)

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Book Synopsis Helen of Troy in Hollywood by : Ruby Blondell

Download or read book Helen of Troy in Hollywood written by Ruby Blondell and published by Princeton University Press. This book was released on 2023-08-01 with total page 344 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: How a legendary woman from classical antiquity has come to embody the threat of transcendent beauty in movies and TV Helen of Troy in Hollywood examines the figure of the mythic Helen in film and television, showing how storytellers from different Hollywood eras have used Helen to grapple with the problems and dynamics of gender and idealized femininity. Paying careful attention to how the image of Helen is embodied by the actors who have portrayed her, Ruby Blondell provides close readings of such works as Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy and the Star Trek episode “Elaan of Troyius,” going beyond contextualization to lead the reader through a fundamental rethinking of how we understand and interpret the classic tradition. A luminous work of scholarship by one of today’s leading classicists, Helen of Troy in Hollywood highlights the importance of ancient myths not as timeless stories frozen in the past but as lenses through which to view our own artistic, cultural, and political moment in a new light. This incisive book demonstrates how, whether as the hero of these screen adaptations or as a peripheral character in male-dominated adventures, the mythic Helen has become symbolic of the perceived dangers of superhuman beauty and transgressive erotic agency.

Helen of Troy and Her Shameless Phantom

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Publisher : Cornell University Press
ISBN 13 : 1501720708
Total Pages : 245 pages
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Book Synopsis Helen of Troy and Her Shameless Phantom by : Norman Austin

Download or read book Helen of Troy and Her Shameless Phantom written by Norman Austin and published by Cornell University Press. This book was released on 2018-09-05 with total page 245 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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 Odyssey: Helen as the archetype of woman without shame. He next considers different versions of Helen in the Homeric tradition. Among these, he shows how Sappho presents Helen as an icon of absolute beauty while she defends her own preference of eros over honor and her choice of woman as the object of desire. Austin then turns to three major authors who repudiated the traditional Helen of Troy: the lyric poet Stesichorus and the dramatist Euripides, who embraced the alternative myth of Helen's phantom; and the historian Herodotus, who claimed to have found in Egypt a Helen story that dispenses with both Helen and the phantom. Austin maintains that the conflicting motives that prompted these writers to rehabilitate Helen led to further revisions of her image, though none have endured as a credible substitute for the Helen of epic tradition.

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Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN 13 : 9781545244395
Total Pages : 102 pages
Book Rating : 4.2/5 (443 download)

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Book Synopsis Helen of Troy by : Lang Andrew

Download or read book Helen of Troy written by Lang Andrew and published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. This book was released on 2017-04-08 with total page 102 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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".

The Private Life of Helen of Troy

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Publisher : Open Road Media
ISBN 13 : 1504064933
Total Pages : 254 pages
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Book Synopsis The Private Life of Helen of Troy by : John Erskine

Download or read book The Private Life of Helen of Troy written by John Erskine and published by Open Road Media. This book was released on 2021-01-05 with total page 254 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: “A humorous, wise, and beautiful book” about Helen’s life following the notorious scandal (The New York Times). Picking up after the Trojan War, this novel follows the reunion of Helen of Troy with Menelaus and their return to Sparta together. A bestseller in its day and a clever take on the ancient myth from the female point of view, it explores Helen’s feelings about the two men in her life and her reflections on marriage in general, the power and perils of beauty, and the strains on a relationship after a dramatic disruption. Originally published in the wake of the women’s suffrage movement, The Private Life of Helen of Troy is a witty, inventive novel casting one of the great characters of Western literature in the starring role.

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Publisher : Pan Macmillan
ISBN 13 : 9781405032674
Total Pages : 630 pages
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Book Synopsis Helen of Troy by : Margaret George

Download or read book Helen of Troy written by Margaret George and published by Pan Macmillan. This book was released on 2006 with total page 630 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Presents the story of Helen of Sparta and Troy, one the most amazing female mythical characters and over whom, a war, which lasted for 10 years, was fought. This book talks about Helen as a tantalizing enigma from the very first, flesh and blood certainly, but also immortal, as the daughter of Zeus.

Helen of Troy (Annotated)

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Total Pages : 104 pages
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Download or read book Helen of Troy (Annotated) written by Andrew Lang and published by . This book was released on 2021-05-04 with total page 104 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: 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.

The Memoirs of Helen of Troy

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Publisher : Three Rivers Press (CA)
ISBN 13 :
Total Pages : 340 pages
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Book Synopsis The Memoirs of Helen of Troy by : Amanda Elyot

Download or read book The Memoirs of Helen of Troy written by Amanda Elyot and published by Three Rivers Press (CA). This book was released on 2006 with total page 340 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: As despised as she was desired, Helen of Troy is one of history's most notorious women. In this groundbreaking and richly dramatic novel, the familiar story of passion and violence is told from a new perspective: that of Helen herself.

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Download or read book Helen of Troy written by Andrew Lang and published by . This book was released on 1884 with total page 0 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

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ISBN 13 : 9781290709972
Total Pages : 178 pages
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Book Synopsis Helen of Troy by : Andrew Lang

Download or read book Helen of Troy written by Andrew Lang and published by . This book was released on 2012-08 with total page 178 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

The Story of Helen Troy

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Total Pages : 220 pages
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Book Synopsis The Story of Helen Troy by : Mrs. Burton Harrison

Download or read book The Story of Helen Troy written by Mrs. Burton Harrison and published by . This book was released on 1881 with total page 220 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Helen of Troy, and Other Poems

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Publisher : Good Press
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Total Pages : 63 pages
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Book Synopsis Helen of Troy, and Other Poems by : Sara Teasdale

Download or read book Helen of Troy, and Other Poems written by Sara Teasdale and published by Good Press. This book was released on 2019-11-22 with total page 63 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Helen of Troy, and Other Poems is a collection of poems by Sara Teasdale. Teasdale was an American lyric poet. Excerpt: "Send out the singers—let the room be still; They have not eased my pain nor brought me sleep. Close out the sun, for I would have it dark That I may feel how black the grave will be. The sun is setting, for the light is red, And you are outlined in a golden fire, Like Ursula upon an altar-screen. Come, leave the light and sit beside my bed, For I have had enough of saints and prayers. Strange broken thoughts are beating in my brain, They come and vanish and again they come. It is the fever driving out my soul, And Death stands waiting by the arras there."