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I feel as though this picture depicts not only the magnificent beauty of Helen of Troy, but It shows her sorrow and sadness as well.
I feel as though this picture depicts not only the magnificent beauty of Helen of Troy, but It shows her sorrow and sadness as well.
Although this picture was not originally suppsed to be directed toward Helen Of Troy, once I saw it I made an immidiate connection. This photo depicts not only helens magnificant looks, but it describes her sorrow and grief.
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In this picture, Aphrodite is offering helen to paris. This scene is depicted of a famous wedding feast in homers ILIAD. "Eris, who was jealous at not having been invited to the banquet, threw a golden apple into the crowds bearing the inscription 'for the fairest'. A quarrel arose between Hera, Athena and Aphrodite who each claimed the apple for themselves. Eventually, they agreed to make the lowly shepherd Paris the arbiter of their dispute and each offered him bribes. Paris crowned Aphrodite after she promised him Helen, the wife of Menelaus and the most beautiful woman in the world."www.victorianweb.org/.../ ryland/drawings/4.html
Ryland paints Aphrodite and Helen reclining on a bank in a peaceful grassy glade draped in graceful folds of cloth. The doves in the trees refer to Aphrodite's journey where she was escorted by doves from Phoenecia to Greece by way of Cyprus. — Peter Nahum
Venus Presenting Helen To Paris...
Venus Presenting Helen To Paris...
Venus Presenting Helen To Paris, After His Retreat From Combat With Menelaus
These photos describe the well-known story of how Paris is choosing the most beautiful woman. He chooses between three in which offer him something in the return of being selected to this honor. One of the woman(Aphrodite) tells paris he will give him the most beautiful woman in the world and he accepts. He soon then kidnaps Helen.

K. Mullaney created this page for Helen. She is really Helen of Sparta, correct? Later, after running off or being kidnapped, she becomes "Helen of Troy."
I think it is important to look at these paintings and think about the images. What do these artists want us to think about when we think about Helen?
Just as importantly, it is important, when including paintings, to include the name of the artist, when the work was created, and a link so we can see it on the original page.


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This image is called "Menelaus Confronting Helen."
1. What is happening with the eyes of the two main characters?

The eyes of the main two character seem to be looking down. This can usually signify shame, or having trouble being confronted with the truth. (Savannah)
2. What is that little figure in the air between Menelaus and Helen?

I think the figure is a cupid, Aphrodite's son. Cupids obviously show that there is love (or the ending of love) involved in the situation. (Savannah)
3. Who is the third figure?
The figure could be Athena, because of the staff and of the war. But, it could also be Aphrodite, hence the cupid.
4. Menelaus is in the heat of battle. He is killing Trojans left and right as the city falls. (Savannah)
Suddenly, he sees Helen. Should he kill her or rescue her. What are the consequences
of either decision?

I think he should kill her. But, that would also mean that he would lose all of this men for 'nothing'. (Savannah)
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This is an image called "The Abduction of Helen." The man is Paris. What is going on in the image?
1. Compare Paris to the Suitors.
2. How does Paris violate the custom of xenia?
3. How does Helen speak about her time at Troy? Does she even mention Paris's name in Book 4?
4. If you read Book 4 carefully, you'll hear Menelaus mention the name of Deiphobus. Who is he?
5. Can anyone find any other myths about Helen?
6. If you are interested in learning all about Helen, visit this excellent site. http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/g_l/hd/abouthelen.htm
7. Is there a way to respect Helen or feel sympathy for her?
8. What about Paris? What is his fate?
9. Helen is very concerned about her own fame. She seems to be constantly thinking about how history will remember her? How does she try to reshape her reputation?

this is a picture I found on the website: http://sicktwistedmindz.blogspot.com/2008/05/my-hero-is-me-helen-of-troy-ep2007.html

Things that interested me in this picture:
1. it is very modern, they set the old Trojan city into modern tall buildings which is burning- it seems to be a modern version of Helen
2. it is like a story, the composition is very interesting, she seems to be far enough from Troy by not getting hurt in the war, but at the same time, she seems to be too close to Troy, where is she?
3. what does the words “My Hero Is Me” mean in this case? Does it have anything do with the cruelness and cleverness in her eyes?

I was surprised to see that Helen's voice is one of the last to be heard in The Iliad. Suddenly, out of nowhere, she appears beside the two most noble women in Troy, Hekabe, Hector's mother, and Andromake, Hector's wife. The scene is so heartbreaking: the the wife and mother are weeping over the corpse of their loved one. And inexplicably, Helen joins them. When you think about it, Helen is the reason for the war and the reason for the death of Hector. Yet there she is. What do you think of her when she says these words? (Mr. LIndstrom)

"Helen led their sore lament: "Hector, of all my brethren of Troy far dearest
to my heart! Truly my lord is godlike Alexandros (Alexandros=Paris) who brought me to
Troy-land--would I had died ere then. For this is now the twentieth year
since I went thence and am gone from my own native land, but never yet
heard I evil or despiteful word from thee; nay, if any other haply
upbraided me in the palace-halls, whether brother or sister of thine or
brother's fair-robed wife, or thy mother--but thy father is ever kind to
me as he were my own--then wouldst thou soothe such with words and
refrain them, by the gentleness of thy spirit and by thy gentle words.
Therefore bewail I thee with pain at heart, and my hapless self with
thee, for no more is any left in wide Troy-land to be my friend and kind
to me, but all men shudder at me."

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