Helen of Troy: The Story Behind the Most Beautiful Woman in the World

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 3, 2009 - History - 512 pages
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For 3,000 years, the woman known as Helen of Troy has been both the ideal symbol of beauty and a reminder of the terrible power beauty can wield.In her search for the identity behind this mythic figure, acclaimed historian Bettany Hughes uses Homer’s account of Helen’s life to frame her own investigation. Tracing the cultural impact that Helen has had on both the ancient world and Western civilization, Hughes explores Helen’s role and representations in literature and in art throughout the ages. This is a masterly work of historical inquiry about one of the world’s most famous women.


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User Review  - Lukerik - LibraryThing

If you're looking to find out about Helen of Troy then this is the book for you. I read Euripides's play first and was struck by Helen's similarities to Jesus - I read it from a post-Christian ... Read full review

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User Review  - pierthinker - LibraryThing

Ancient history has never been my thing, but if all ancient history books are like this one, then bring it on! Hughes paints an extraordinary picture of life in ancient Greece, focusing on the most ... Read full review

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Contents

TIMELINE
DRAMATIS PERSONĂ
FOREWORD AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
INTRODUCTION
PART ONE
1A DANGEROUS LANDSCAPE
2A RAPE A BIRTH
3THE LOST CITADEL
PART TEN
37HELEN IN ATHENS
38HELEN LOST AND HELEN FOUND
39HELEN HOMER AND THE CHANCES OF SURVIVAL
40VEYN FABLES
41HELEN OF TROY AND THE BAD SAMARITAN
42PERPULCHRA MORE THAN BEAUTIFUL
43DANCING WITH THE DEVIL

4THE MYCENAEANS
5THE PREHISTORIC PRINCESS
PART TWO
6THE RAPE OF FAIR HELLEN
7SPARTE KALLIGYNAIKA
8TENDEREYED GIRLS
PART THREE
9A TROPHY FOR HEROES
10THE KINGMAKER
11A ROYAL WEDDING
PART FOUR
12HERMIONE
13A WELCOME BURDEN
14HELEN HIGH PRIESTESS
15LA BELLE H╔L╚NE
PART FIVE
16THE GOLDEN APPLE
17BEARING GIFTS
18ALEXANDER HELENAM RAPUIT
19THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES IS MORE DEADLY THAN THE MALE
PART SIX
20HELEN THE WHORE
21THE PAIN OF APHRODITE
22THE SEAS FOAMING LANES
PART SEVEN
23EAST IS EAST AND WEST IS WEST
24THE FAIR TROAD
25THE TOPLESS TOWERS OF ILIUM
26THE GOLDEN HOUSES OF THE EAST
27A FLEET SETS SAIL
PART EIGHT
28HELEN DESTROYER OF CITIES
29DEATHS DARK CLOUD
30A BEAUTIFUL DEATH KALOS THANATOS
31THE FALL OF TROY
PART NINE
32HOME TO SPARTA
33THE DEATH OF A QUEEN
34THE AGE OF HEROES ENDS
35FRAGRANT TREASURIES
36THE DAUGHTER OF THE OCEAN
44HELENS NEMESIS
APPENDICES
APPENDIX ONETHE MINOTAURS ISLAND
APPENDIX TWOLA PARISIENNE
APPENDIX THREEWOMEN OF STONE AND CLAY AND BRONZE
APPENDIX FOURELEMENTAL HELEN SHEGODS AND SHEDEVILS
APPENDIX FIVEROYAL PURPLE THE COLOUR OF CONGEALED BLOOD
EPILOGUEMYTH HISTORY AND HISTORIA
ABBREVIATIONS
NOTES
CHAPTER TWENTYONEThe Pain of Aphrodite
CHAPTER TWENTYTWOThe Seas Foaming Lanes
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREEEast Is East and West Is West
CHAPTER TWENTYFOURThe Fair Troad
CHAPTER TWENTYFIVEThe Topless Towers of Ilium
CHAPTER TWENTYSIXThe Golden Houses of the East
CHAPTER TWENTYSEVENA Fleet Sets Sail
CHAPTER TWENTYEIGHTHelen Destroyer of Cities
CHAPTER TWENTYNINEDeaths Dark Cloud
CHAPTER THIRTYONEThe Fall of Troy
CHAPTER THIRTYTWOHome to Sparta
CHAPTER THIRTYTHREEThe Death of a Queen
CHAPTER THIRTYFOURTHE AGE OF HEROES ENDS
CHAPTER THIRTYFIVEFragrant Treasuries
CHAPTER THIRTYSIXThe Daughter of the Ocean
CHAPTER THIRTYSEVENHelen in Athens
CHAPTER THIRTYEIGHTHelen Lost and Helen Found
CHAPTER FORTYVeyn Fables
CHAPTER FORTYONEHelen of Troy and the Bad Samaritan
More Than Beautiful
CHAPTER FORTYTHREEDancing with the Devil
CHAPTER FORTYFOURHelens Nemesis
APPENDIX ONEThe Minotaurs Island
APPENDIX TWOLa Parisienne
APPENDIX THREEWomen of Stone and Clay and Bronze
APPENDIX FOURElemental Helen SheGods and SheDevils
APPENDIX FIVERoyal Purple The Colour of Congealed Blood
EPILOGUE MYTH HISTORY AND HISTORIA
BIBLIOGRAPHY
OTHER WORKS
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About the author (2009)

Bettany Hughes is a cultural and social historian, writer, and television presenter. She received degrees in ancient and medieval history at Oxford University and has carried out research in the Balkans, Greece, and Asia Minor. She has presented numerous documentaries and historical series for the BBC, PBS, and the Discovery Channel, and also writes pieces on popular history for several newspapers and magazines.


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