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Helen of Troy Ebook ´ Download ï Reflectionslisburnltd Á For 3000 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 wieldIn her search for the identity behind this mythic figure acclaimed historian Bettany Hughes uses Homer’s account ofIvilization Hughes explores Helen’s role and representations in literature and in art throughout the ages This is a masterly work of historical inuiry about one of the world’s most famous wome This is not really a biography of Helen so much as a biography of the idea of Helen through the ages While she does try to uncover what historical facts are available she spends a lot time—understandably because of the lack of evidence—discussing all the versions of Helen in Literature and History She also traces Helen’s path as it is told in the stories through the lands of ancient times She attempts to recreate as much as possible what the life of a woman like Helen would have been I have two criticisms of the book that downgraded it from a “4” to a “3” 1 The repetition of the whole “Helen as symbol” thing got boring 2 She has an awful tendency to lapse into cheesy novel writing—using expressions like “dripping gore” and such She also feels the need to fictionalize at the oddest times such when discussing Goethe’s Dr Faustus she refers to an actor “lone actor as he paced up and down the south bank desperately trying to remember his lines” Since this imaginary moment has absolutely nothing to do with Helen or her stories I’m not sure why she feels the need to write it

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For 3000 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 wieldIn her search for the identity behind this mythic figu I absolutely loved this bookBest source out there if you are looking for info on Helen of TroyI liked how the author brought her to life and put a face on herI guess it was hard for me to imagine a face that launched a thousand ships before I read thisIt also has amazing background information on Sparta

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Helen of Troy Goddess Princess WhoreRe 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 c Hughes bills her book as “The Story Behind the Most Beautiful Woman in the World” – which is certainly ambitious She devotes 312 pages to the main text followed by 130 pages of appendices The book contains roughly 30 colored illustrations and even black and white images altogether a very impressive and comprehensive treatment of the topic Hughes further sets out not only to discover the historical reality behind the story of Helen of Troy but to describe the Bronze Age in which she allegedly lived and then to describe how the story of Helen of Troy was handled in literature and art down the ages from Homer onwards Although at times I found the narrative long winded and had the feeling Hughes was trying to justify what must have been a significant investment in time and money by dragging out some commentary unnecessarily and belaboring some points to the point of exhaustion the book nevertheless provides some very useful information Particularly impressive was the amount of information she collected on life in the Bronze Age something I knew little about One of her principle thesis is that Helen or the Helen Pro type was a Bronze Age aristocrat princess and ueen – and every subseuent treatment of Helen tells us about the age in which the work of art depicting her was created than about Helen herself Less successfully Hughes tries to analyze why the story of Helen of Troy should have fascinated artists and audiences for three thousand years Perhaps due to my ignorance of the Bronze Age I found Hughes descriptions of recent archeological discoveries about this period particularly exciting and informative She succeeded in convincing me that the Bronze Age civilizations were very sophisticated and international with significant trade across the Mediterranean A recent trip to Egypt helped me visualize just how rich and yet familiar such ancient societies could be The art of Minoa and Egypt with which I am familiar provided collateral flanking evidence to Hughes’ thesis about a Bronze Age Helen who was powerful and independent than the women in ancient Greece In short Hughes succeeded in making me change my own views of Helen by enabling me to see her as a figure from a pre archaic society with significantly different social structures and traditions Almost as fascinating was the way in which the character and role of Helen changed depending on the values of the society re telling the story For example the fact that Helen received a comparatively positive treatment in the 12th Century AD due to Eleanor of Auitaine's patronage of Benoit de Sainte Maure author of the Roman de Troie As Hughes perceptively points out Eleanor like Helen had been the bride of one king but effectively – if less surreptitiously ran away with his arch rival and became the ueen of an empire that threatened her first husband’s realm Eleanor had good reason to see Helen as a positive role model and not some tawdry whore or instrument of the devil After reading Hughes I admit I am sympathetic to Helen than I was before reading Hughes When she described a 1974 5 staging of Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Dr Faustus in which Helen is portrayed as “a marionette with blond wig a mask and a chiffon nightie” Hughes p 307 I found myself feeling indignant How could a director show so little respect for Helen? Would a dumb blond in a negligee really have been worth fighting for? For ten years? And worth recovering? Reinstating as ueen? In short Hughes achieved her presumed of objective of making me see Helen as than “just a pretty face” As such despite its stylistic faults I think Hughes work makes a significant contribution to our understanding both of the historical and the literary Helen