Helen

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Among the legends of ancient Greece, there is perhaps no story more compelling than that of Helen. Her surpassing beauty was said to have launched the Greek fleet of a thousand ships to Troy. No woman was so adored and so hated. She was seen as both prize and scapegoat, the promise of bliss and the assurance of doom.
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Overview

Among the legends of ancient Greece, there is perhaps no story more compelling than that of Helen. Her surpassing beauty was said to have launched the Greek fleet of a thousand ships to Troy. No woman was so adored and so hated. She was seen as both prize and scapegoat, the promise of bliss and the assurance of doom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419123207
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/6/2004
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

William Allan is McConnell Laing Fellow and Tutor in Classical Languages and Literature at University College, Oxford

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Table of Contents

Preface     ix
List of sigla and abbreviations     xi
Key to metrical symbols     xiii
Introduction     1
Euripides and Athens     1
Life and works     1
Helen in its Athenian context     4
The figure of Helen in early Greek culture     10
Myth     10
Cult     14
Helen on stage     16
The 'new' Helen     18
Stesichorus     18
Herodotus     22
Euripides     24
The production     29
Setting and staging     29
Structure and dramatic technique     34
Speech, song, language     38
A tragedy of ideas     46
Knowledge and reality     47
Family, gender, authority     49
Greeks and Egyptians     55
The Gods     61
Genre     66
Helen transformed     72
The text and its transmission     82
Helen     91
Commentary     142
Bibliography     347
Indexes     365
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