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Helen of Troy : beauty, myth, devastation

Author: Ruby Blondell
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Helen of Troy engages with the ancient origins of the persistent anxiety about female beauty, focusing on this key figure from ancient Greek culture in a way that both extends our understanding of  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Helen, of Troy Queen of Sparta.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ruby Blondell
ISBN: 9780199731602 0199731608
OCLC Number: 843330012
Description: xvii, 289 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The Problem of Female Beauty --
Helen, Daughter of Zeus --
Disarming Beauty: The Iliad --
Happily Ever After? The Odyssey --
The Many Faces of Helen: Archaic Lyric --
Behind the Scenes: The Oresteia --
Spartan Woman and Spartan Goddess: Herodotus --
Playing Defense: Gorgias's Encomium of Helen --
Enter Helen: Euripides' Trojan Women --
Most Beautiful and Best: Euripides' Helen --
Helen MacGuffin: Isocrates.
Responsibility: Ruby Blondell.

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This book is a fine demonstration of the way in which textual accounts of a Greek legendary icon can be probed in depth to reveal nuances of cultural history that could easily be overlooked. * Bonnie Read more...

 
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