- The Iliad by Homer 700BC - 601BC
Helen is the whole reason for the war in Homer's famous epic poem. They weren't kidding about that whole face-that-launched-a-thousand-ships thing.
- The Odyssey by Homer 800BC - 599
Odysseus' son Telemachus has a lovely dinner with Helen in Homer's other super-famous poem.
- The Trojan Women by Euripides 415BC
In this tragedy that takes place after Greeks have won, Menelaus shows up to reclaim his wife—and to have her executed.
- Helen by Euripides 412BC
According to this play, the Helen that went to Troy was a phantom: the real Helen was spirited away to Egypt by Athena and Hera. Well, then.
- Inferno by Dante 1308 - 1321
In Dante's masterpiece, the lusty Helen is said to be trapped in the second circle of Hell.
- Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe 1604
The sexiest of them all leads to a pretty famous speech by the Doctor in Marlowe's play.
- Faust: Part Two by Goethe 1832
The man who sold his soul to the Devil falls madly in love with the ghost of Helen in Goethe's take on it.
- "No Second Troy" by William Butler Yeats 1916
In this already-Shmooped poem Yeats compares his lover to the alluring and troublesome Helen of Troy.
- Helen of Troy 1956
The most beautiful woman ever is played by Rossana Podesta in this film. Imagine landing that role.
- Helen of Troy 2003
What do you think, does Sienna Guillory do her justice? Either way, she has a movie named after her, which is pretty awesome.
- Troy 2004
Diane Kruger plays Helen opposite Orlando Bloom's Paris in this Hollywood blockbuster. Talk about a smokin' hot pair.