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Helen of Troy

She is 'the face that launched a thousand ships'; the woman blamed for the Trojan War - a conflict that caused countless deaths - but who was the real Helen of Troy? Bettany Hughes travels across the eastern Mediterranean to disentangle myth from reality and find the truth about the most beautiful woman on earth. Helen's story is a dark and very human drama, interweaving pleasure and pain, sex and violence, love and hate: a tale that started with a messy love affair and ended with a bloody and disastrous conflict. Hughes argues that many images of the mythic Helen, from Hollywood movies to romantic paintings, have got her all wrong: Helen was the original sex goddess. And the film reveals just how a pre-historic princess in Bronze Age Greece - a real Helen - would have looked. The feature-length documentary takes in some of the most beautiful scenery of the ancient world, from the magnificent citadel at Mycenae and the spectacular shrine to Helen in Sparta, to the archaeological site in modern Turkey that will be forever linked with the war fought in Helen's name: Troy.

Helen of Troy


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Helen of Troy - wikipedia
In Greek mythology, Helen of Troy, also known as Helen of Sparta, was the daughter of Zeus and Leda (or Nemesis), step-daughter of King Tyndareus, wife of Menelaus and sister of Castor, Polydeuces and Clytemnestra.
In Search of the Trojan War
This is a six-part BBC documentary series written and presented by Michael Wood, examining the extent to which historical and archeological evidence matches with the tale of the Trojan War as recounted by Homer in The Iliad.
The Truth of Troy
The Truth of Troy is a BBC documentary revealing the latest scientific evidence about the real Troy.
Secrets of Archaeology - Mycenaeans: The Civilization of Heroes
A visit to the heart of the first great civilizations between the Euphrates and the Aegean Sea takes us to the pre-Hellenic cities of Mycenae, Tiryns, and the legendary Babylonian city of Troy.

e-Books
Helen of Troy
Author: Andrew Lang, 1844-1912. Subject: Helen of Troy (Greek mythology) in literature; Greek Mythology. Publisher: New York : Charles Scribner's Sons. Book contributor: University of California Libraries.
The Story of Troy
Author: Michael Clarke, 1844-1916. Subject: Achilles (Greek mythology); Trojan War; Greek Epic poetry. Publisher: New York, Cincinnati [etc], American Book Company. Book from the collections of: Harvard University.