Study Guide

Helen Sightings

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Jan 1, 1970 - Dec 20, 2019

The Iliad by Homer

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.


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The Odyssey by Homer

Odysseus' son Telemachus has a lovely dinner with Helen in Homer's other super-famous poem.


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The Trojan Women by Euripides

In this tragedy that takes place after Greeks have won, Menelaus shows up to reclaim his wife—and to have her executed.

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Helen by Euripides

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.

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Inferno by Dante

In Dante's masterpiece, the lusty Helen is said to be trapped in the second circle of Hell.

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Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

The sexiest of them all leads to a pretty famous speech by the Doctor in Marlowe's play.

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Faust: Part Two by Goethe

The man who sold his soul to the Devil falls madly in love with the ghost of Helen in Goethe's take on it.

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"No Second Troy" by William Butler Yeats

In this already-Shmooped poem Yeats compares his lover to the alluring and troublesome Helen of Troy.

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Helen of Troy

The most beautiful woman ever is played by Rossana Podesta in this film. Imagine landing that role.

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Helen of Troy

What do you think, does Sienna Guillory do her justice? Either way, she has a movie named after her, which is pretty awesome.

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Diane Kruger plays Helen opposite Orlando Bloom's Paris in this Hollywood blockbuster. Talk about a smokin' hot pair.

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