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Book: Helen of Troy. In Greek mythology, Helen, better known as Helen of Sparta or Helen of Troy, was the daughter of Zeus and Leda, wife of king Menelaus of Sparta and sister of Castor, Polydeuces and Clytemnestra. Her abduction by Paris brought about the Trojan War. Helen, wife of the Greek Menelaus. Its summary ends with the landing of the Greeks near Troy, and their dispatch of envoys to Priam, the Trojan king, to demand. On one page of the discoloured parchment, Helen of Troy, dressed in the fashionable robes of the day, stands on a parapet while flags flutter on the towers of the.
Such courage must not go unrewarded. The girl you thought you knew was quite nameless and without reality. And your lovesick jackass of a brother brays upon this beach. I despise oppression. By Haley Dean. Take her to my quarters. Paris has always been able to crack your neck.
And he was rich. Your heart flew at that.
The Lost Women of Troy by Hanoch Levin, working adaptation by Tanya Ronder Oddly — in an accrued narrative that is nine- tenths fiction and one-tenth fact — the notion that a visiting Trojan prince would have brought untold treasures to the Spartan court in the Late Bronze Age the most likely period for a conflict we call the Trojan War does have real historical weight. Both Troy and Sparta were important and strategic settlements between — bc — the kinds of places that would have sent envoys across the Aegean to negotiate with one another, to debate rights over trade routes, to promote marriage alliances.
Detailed written evidence in the form of inscribed hieroglyphic and cuneiform tablets produced by the bureaucrats of the Egyptian and Hittite courts make it clear that the rulers of the day showered one another with gifts. Extravagant gift-giving allowed aristocrats to trade without seeming to stoop to the ranks of merchant men. Gift-exchange also bound states together in an abstract convention known as xenia — or xenwia as it appears in the Greek Late Bronze Age script, now called Linear B.
The formal transfer of the richest of material goods, xenia in action, gave the Eastern Mediterranean some cohesion in the Late Bronze Age. There is not a shred of evidence that a Bronze Age Helen bestowed sexual favours in return for booty — but equally there is no question that a Mycenaean aristocrat such as Helen would have received rich gifts from visiting foreign dignitaries — particularly from a city as wealthy as Troy.
Instead her dealings with the Trojan prince position her as the archetypal broad. Show me the strumpet that began this stir, That with my nails her beauty I may tear! Thy heat of lust, fond Paris, did incur This load of wrath that burning Troy did bear; Thy eye kindled the fire that burneth here, And here in Troy, for trespass of thine eye, The sire, the son, the dame and daughter die. And so we find medieval theologians such as Joseph of Exeter, detailing her misdemeanours with overweening enthusiasm.
Note here that Joseph of Exeter, writing in around , describes her favoured sexual position with Paris as being on top — an attitude detailed in the penitential lists of the day as the mark of a whore. Lying on him [Paris] with her whole body, she [Helen] opens her legs, presses him with her mouth and robs him of his semen.
And as his ardour abates the purple bedlinen that was privy to their sins bears witness to his unseen dew. What evil! O wicked woman, were you able to put a check on such passionate desire?
Was lust waiting for a purchaser? What marvellous power in the gentle sex! Woman holds back her precipitate lust to obtain wealth and does not deign to give joy unless her smile has been paid for! Beauty in Greek men was thought to be a sign of inner goodness the Greeks had a word for it, kalokagathia, meaning joint nobility in appearance and mind or conduct.
Helen was a thing essentially bad, cloaked in beauty. Andrew Lang Downloads: Other books by author Aug The Lilac Fairy Book Reads: The Violet Fairy Book Reads: The Pink Fairy Book Reads: You may also like You do not.
You married a king. Why did you marry him? When a king takes spoils.
He fulfills justice. He's in a prison.
Speak plainly. Admit it. Your silence condemns you.
I am your husband! If I've given you some offense. The way of a Spartan. Silent as ever. I am the slave sent to the Prince of Troy. I can think of many ways of dealing with your Trojan. You've been out of the palace secretly. The king commands me to entertain his guests. A fine Greek custom.
You know this man. So now we're fond of Trojans? I might do many things with him. I married a robber. I might send him home with his appearance altered. Say "husband" to me. Must King Menelaus command you himself to admit me? I understand enough.
You've seen this man before. I'm instructed that he shall not know it. So does he. No words for me. I understand these things. The queen's handmaiden. My good friend Menelaus.
Those two soldiers on watch down there. What do you want? A cup of wine. Shall I tell the king you said that? Get to your business. Any fool could see you're a prince.
The door is also watched. You're a captive. You should be in bed. Our throats are salted by the breeze. I'll go a distance with you to point the way. But your mistress sent you to play another trick on me.
She sent me to help you escape. I should but. Return to the fisherman's hut. The royal temper's already running a fever. The king plans tortures for you. You must leave quickly. Then what chance have I? Helen thought to give you the look of a merchant. It was she who helped me to escape.
I can't believe that.. The ship is not yet on the cove. It was just a foolish hope. The captain's an idiot. And I wish I could repay you for your kindness.. She sent you garments. Take it with you. Does he think the fellow will try swim back to troy? He'd be deep in the forest by now.! Go as far away as you can from Sparta.
The girl you thought you knew was quite nameless and without reality. Wings of Mercury speed you. Freedom is made of quicksilver sometimes. You must get to a cove beyond the tower. I know.. Helen is the queen.. Don't even breathe it. My lady..
If she should show her face here and be recognized. Arranged for a Phoenician ship to take you home. And for the queen. What more. You made it clear to Adelphus what I said? He is far off by this time. Then be on your way.. I only hoped. I half-imagined she'd come. Why do you wait? Go now. The other just a boy I think. I try to believe. You are two women. And now I must go back. Never let him grow old. Oh no. The daughter of a king who chose a Spartan husband for me.
You are. Forgive me Helen. And so she is real. And you with me. I am two men. I'm a failure. She will always remember the gentle Paris. A man you despised! I despise oppression. I see. And she will do her small part to turn this nation from war.
To give with one hand and take with two. The gods sometimes change the bravest of intentions. That was the queen who hates cruelty. You shall still be with me across the sea. We need to be Spartan to endure it. Come to Troy with me. And destroy the hope of peace you were taking home with you? If even one Trojan dies on the walls. The brave rulers divided. They are kind. She would have done the same for any slave.
One fairly good. You are not Menelaus or the Spartan to me. I'll never doubt them again. Stop worrying. The kings have been carousing all night. She is the queen who comes here to say this. I'll tell Troy what I've seen and heard. The ship.
The other. Come away to freedom. One is a man. And we need to be understood. It goes deeper than that. No Master. Break the locks! Break them! It's true. He's carried her away. The Trojan's taken Helen.
I beg the queen to stand out of danger. I can no more than lose my own life. To think of her struggles. This is the assault of every woman in Greece! What is remembered is forever young. Send your archers away Alpheus. Stand still Trojan. You lie.
And always young Paris. We had our differences. Shame on every Greek nation.
I ask you remove yourself from danger. By force. But only if you wait. That's what the future will probably call it. I call it that now. I'll see no one but Achilles as leader. Against the world. Sparta is the past. What will they call us there? A woman who left her husband. So shall we all. And I will follow you. Will you not stand with me?
I'm sure you'll agree with me that it is my duty to become our leader. Then man your ships! Follow them! What else can we ever be? Two people in love. Who are they? Sailor 2: I don't know. All Greeks united in a war of honor. It is my consecrated duty to become our leader to avenge my dear brother. I seek no treasure.
I will kill. A prince turned thief. Troy is this way. And tell you what to do. And I will persuade the sensitive Achilles with certain fascinating facts about the great store of gold to be found in Troy. We'll send out a call to every city in Greece.
Elder Spartan: This Prince of Troy has asked for war. To defend your honor.. Not now. Forgive me. If I could make a bargain with the gods we would escape the world never landing on any shore.
You know the island of Pelagos? It's far southward. Helen our life together will fade if I run from this. A lovely dream. Sail north to Troy. It will become a slight thing that any storm can tear apart. I could leave the kingdoms of the world and never miss them.
I cannot. We have decided otherwise. Sail southward. The sea can feed us. Let's go there. I was born to an obligation. I forget you are a woman. And there are little houses near the village well. What is it? You'll have to see. Lord Aeneas. But you. My perfect brother seems to have forgotten his courtliness. You are welcome.
It would have taken a sea sprite to save you from storm.
I told you about them. You were going to say? By what name. I'm happy to see that you diverted your mission Paris. I should have had faith. The great god Zeus would never let him die and with him our hopes of peace. Lucky Paris. Tell us what happened. It's enough that our son has been given back to us by you.
I would never have seen Troy again but for her. She suffered an ordeal that I shan't relate in her presence. At your command. My name … Cassandra: Her name is death! Forgive my sister. Here is your miracle. How could one so tender have managed it? Postpone your questions. Come and meet my brothers.
You could fall in the black pit of Hades and come out with arms full of sunshine. It's a miracle. He's always had a fine flair for surprises. There is no heart in Troy. Go or stay. She will bring the disaster I have prophesied. Her name will be written in letters of fire. You have kindled a flame that will weld them together against us!
This will bring them to our very shores. But she was right. You may have to answer for the death of many. And she saved my life again but at such risk to herself that I couldn't leave her to the mercy of the Spartans. The wife of King Menelaus? His wife no more. Helen of Troy. I'll never send her back.
Aphrodite come down to Earth in mortal form. I shall not see you again. The damage is done. I can see I've troubled you. Helen wanted to go to Pelagos. Paris send her back to Sparta. It matters not. But in your affection for me and mine for you I hope you will judge me fairly. And what have you brought? You have united the Greeks. You have presumed too much upon our affection. And you! You scorn every Trojan duty. The coward's way to avoid the fight? You exceed the rights of a brother. The goddess of beauty.
And she had the courage to come with me. I am Helen. That should delight you. You reject every word of wisdom? My love has no logic. It could only choose between Troy and Pelagos. This son who shared my hope of everlasting peace. I would never have believed that this could happen. We'll seek it elsewhere. Not through this son of mine. Who promised he would bring it to us. Others to die. The ship that brought you to Troy is still in the harbor.
There were times when I almost forgot that I had other children. Lord Aeneas: I'll take you to Pelagos. You said our lives would fade if you ran away. Wait for us. Bring to the council chamber the masters of the armor and the stewards of the granary.
Or if my lady prefers. I'll arrange for a royal escort. I won't delay. I also said that you'd be happy in Troy.
My charioteer will take you take you there. Athena wields much power. If I return to Menelaus— Paris: Every Trojan woman with son or husband will curse you.
My chariot will be in the courtyard. Keep out of my way. Tell them I want an estimate of Troy's ability to withstand a siege. We're ready. Without you? I've gained a victory of a sort tonight. I mustn't lose it. You expect us to fight a war for your amusement? My brave Trojans! Will you show as much spirit against the Spartan army as against one Spartan woman? Can you stand alone.
Our signals have never warned of so many ships. See her aboard the ship. Don't show yourself to them. There's no Pelagos if I'm there alone. Take Helen to the harbor. You can leave safely now. Go home and search your hearts Trojans. They won't as long as they enjoy their carnival. The news reached Troy that the Greeks were about to sail with the mightiest armada ever known to man. But there's always one island where the storm can't touch us It's anyplace.
Our weakened signals have never warned of so many ships. The Trojans prepared for war. They are not armed with flowers this time. Many more than we can count. See what you have brought upon us? Beside your Spartan woman.
We'll make them pay a heavy price. Our camp is the Trojan palace. Six Hundred! No less than a thousand ships. The face that launched a thousand ships. What shall we pay? You can have my share. No Trojans to greet us? I had hoped they'd be foolish enough to scatter their forces. Now remember. Let them see. I'll share Spartan blood with you. Every moment of delay. We must equip to take this fortress. Come with me. Where do we make camp.
So let no eager fool attempt to charge this plain until these ramparts have served their purpose. Against Troy's walls. We must attack at once. It's a good war. They unloaded provisions from their ships and as time went on they looted and raped the small surrounding villages. Ulysses is right. Take your hands off her! A warrior commanding his commander? We're outflanked! Fall back! Greeks Return to your towers! To the ramps.