Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore

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Descriptions : An erudite, lively search for the real Helen of Troy a chronicle combining historical inquiry storytelling lan from one of Britain s most widely acclaimed historians As soon as men began writing they made Helen of Troy their subject For close to 3000 years she s been both the embodiment of absolute female beauty a reminder of the terrible power beauty can An erudite, lively search for the real Helen of Troy a chronicle combining historical inquiry storytelling lan from one of Britain s most widely acclaimed historians As soon as men began writing they made Helen of Troy their subject For close to 3000 years she s been both the embodiment of absolute female beauty a reminder of the terrible power beauty can wield Because of her double marriage to the Greek king Menelaus the Trojan prince Paris, Helen was held responsible for enmity between East West For millennia she s been viewed as an agent of extermination But who was she Helen exists in many guises a matriarch from the Heroic Age who ruled over one of the most fertile areas of the Mycenaean world Helen of Sparta, the focus of a cult that conflated 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 blood aristocrat from the Greek Bronze Age Hughes reconstructs the life context of this prehistoric princess Thru the eyes of a young Mycenaean woman, she examines the physical, historical cultural traces that Helen has left on locations in Greece, N Africa Asia Minor This book unpacks the facts myths surrounding one of the most enigmatic notorious figures of all time.IllustrationsText AcknowledgementsMapsTimelineDramatis PersonaeFamily TreesForeword AcknowledgementsIntroductionCherchez la femmeAn evil destiny Helen hunting Goddess, princess, whore1 Helen s birth in pre historyA dangerous landscapeA rape, a birthThe lost citadelThe MycenaeansThe pre historic princess2 The land of beautiful womenThe rape of fair Hellen Sparte kalligynaikaTender eyed girls 3 The world s desireA trophy for heroes The kingmaker A royal wedding4 KourotrophosHermione A welcome burdenHelen, high priestessLa belle H l ne 5 A lover s gameThe golden apple Bearing gifts Alexander Helenam RapuitThe female of the species is deadly than the male6 Eros ErisHelen the whoreThe pain of AphroditeThe sea s foaming lanes7 Troy beckonsEast is east west is westThe fair Troad The topless towers of IliumThe golden houses of the eastA fleet sets sail8 Troy besiegedHelen, destroyer of citiesDeath s dark cloud A beautiful death, Kalos ThanatosThe fall of Troy 9 Immortal HelenHome to Sparta The death of a queenThe age of heroes ends Fragrant treasuries The daughter of the ocean10 The face that launched a thousand shipsHelen in AthensHelen lost Helen foundHelen, Homer the chances of survivalVeyn fablesHelen of Troy the bad SamaritanPerpulchra, than beautifulDancing with the devilHelen s nemesisAppendicesThe Minotaur s islandLa ParisienneWomen of stone clay bronzeElemental Helen, she gods she devilsRoyal purple, the color of congealed bloodEpilogue Myth, history historiaAbbreviationsNotesBibliographyIndex










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