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Summary

Are you interested in mythology and ancient history? Are you fascinated by Helen of Troy?

If so, you will really enjoy our Helen of Troy Collection: Between Myth and History.

The collection features a historical introduction, and edited versions of the five following publications:

  • Tales of Troy: Ulysses, the Sacker of Cities by Andrew Lang [abridged]
  • SuperWomen by Albert Payson Terhune [excerpt from Chapter 4]
  • The Ruinous Face by Maurice Hewlett [edited]
  • The Flight of Helen by Andrew Lang [Helen of Troy Part III]
  • Helen of Troy by Sarah Teasdale 

Helen of Troy has been the inspiration for writers for centuries. According to the myth, her beauty was the cause of the Trojan War that would rage on for 10 long years, a war that brought death and suffering to thousands.

Because of the universal appeal of the story of Helen of Troy, differing versions of the tale can be found throughout history. From the ancient poet Homer to the dramatist Euripides, from classical academic scholars to Stephen Fry to Hollywood, Helen seems to continue to intrigue us all.

With such beauty, it is no surprise that Helen was pursued by many suitors. The five stories in this collection describe the pursuits of these suitors, as well the consequences that followed their actions.

The first story in this collection parallels the more traditional accounts of Helen of Troy. The second piece in the book casts doubt on certain aspects of the traditional version of events. The third story is an alternative account of Helen’s tale, and features an ending which is radically different from traditional accounts of her life.

The final two works in the collection are brief poems about Helen of Troy; the first of these describes her flight to Troy with Paris, which is told as a historical account, while the second is a fictional lament, spoken from the perspective of Helen.

©1912, 1916, 1909, 2021 Andrew Lang, Albert Payson Terhune, Maurice Hewlett, Veronica Ambrose (P)2021 Bishop & Hudson

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