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Helen Of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore As soon as men began to write, they made Helen of Troy their subject for nearly three thousand years she has been both the embodiment of absolute female beauty and a reminder of the terrible power that beauty can wield Because of her double marriage to the Greek King Menelaus and the Trojan Prince Paris, Helen was held responsible for both the Trojan War and enduring enmity between East and West For millennia she has been viewed as an exquisite agent of extermination But who was she Helen exists in many guises a matriarch from the Age of Heroes who ruled over one of the most fertile areas of the Mycenaean world Helen of Sparta, the focus of a cult which conflated Helen the heroine with a pre Greek fertility goddess the home wrecker of the Iliad the bitch whore of Greek tragedy the pin up of Romantic artistsFocusing on the real Helen a flesh and blood aristocrat from the Greek Bronze Age acclaimed historian Bettany Hughes reconstructs the context of life for this elusive pre historic princess and places her alongside the heroes and heroines of myth and history Through the eyes of a young Mycenaean woman, Hughes examines the physical, historical and cultural traces that Helen has left on locations in Greece, North Africa and Asia Minor Vivid and compelling, this remarkable book brilliantly unpacks the facts and myths surrounding one of the most enigmatic and notorious figures of all time I really like this scholar author The Hemlock Cup was the first book I read from her and it was amazing Helen of Troy is just as good. I read that the author had taken fifteen years to complete this book and so, I expected a lot Perhaps for that reason I was ultimately disappointed.It s a history book, not fiction, a genuine historical enquiry into Helen of Troy and the legends which surround her, and it did, certainly, address those issues.On the positive side, the writer had consulted a wide range of evidence, and had visited a number of sites, and was able to give a well balanced account of both the historical Helen, in as much as we know about her, and of the various layers of cultural meaing which have been attached to the tale by different stroytellers and historians down the long passge of the past 3000 years.Sadly, however, there was nothing new We learn that the ancient mediterranean suffered disruption from volcanic activity, that the Minoan religion was matriarchal, that the kings were rich and the women wore saffron robes I don t dispute any of this because it is already mainstream knowledge and is familiar to anyone who would be sufficiently interested to read such a text.It isn t a bad book, and if you are fascinated by helen, but know nothing about that period in history, then I would recommend it as a good basic text As one with experience in the field, however, I expected much. This is a must read for anyone interested in the story of Helen and brings the myth to life Very well researched and written When I started to read it I was a bit daunted about the detail however could hardly put the book down Highly recommended. Bettany Hughes is a supreme author Her take on the Helen myth is well thought out and very insightful.

  • Hardcover
  • Helen Of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore
  • Bettany Hughes
  • 06 January 2019
  • 1845952146

About the Author: Bettany Hughes

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