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Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation

Ruby Blondell


This book examines Helen of Troy in ancient Greek mythology and literature. It focusses especially on her supreme beauty and its consequences, which make Helen central to many aspects of Greek culture. As the most beautiful woman in the world, who causes the greatest war of all time, she embodies the intrinsic ambiguity of the female. As the ultimate object of desire (eros), who pursues desires of her own, she models the position of women as objects with agency. As the iconic errant wife, who must be retrieved, she is the foundation of Greek masculinity, in so far as this is grounded in the co ... More

Keywords: “beautiful evil”, beauty, eros, gender, Greek literature, mythology, Helen of Troy, Trojan War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199731602
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731602.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruby Blondell, author
University of Washington