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Stealing Helen : the myth of the abducted wife in comparative perspective

Author: Lowell Edmunds
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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It's a familiar story: a beautiful woman is abducted and her husband journeys to recover her. This story's best-known incarnation is also a central Greek myth--the abduction of Helen that led to the Trojan War. Stealing Helen surveys a vast range of folktales and texts exhibiting the story pattern of the abducted beautiful wife and makes a detailed comparison with the Helen of Troy myth. Lowell Edmunds shows that  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Electronic version:
Edmunds, Lowell.
Stealing Helen.
Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 2016
(OCoLC)919854792
Named Person: Helen, of Troy Queen of Sparta; Helen, of Troy Queen of Sparta.; Helena, (mytisk gestalt)
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lowell Edmunds
ISBN: 9780691165127 0691165122
OCLC Number: 894032920
Description: xvii, 430 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
"The abduction of the beautiful wife" as international tale --
Dioscuri --
Helen myth --
Hypostases of Helen --
Helen in the fifth century and after --
Conclusion --
Appendix 1: Examples of "The abduction of the beautiful wife" --
Appendix 2: Inventory of art objects.
Other Titles: Myth of the abducted wife in comparative perspective
Responsibility: Lowell Edmunds.

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It's a familiar story: a beautiful woman is abducted and her husband journeys to recover her. This story's best-known incarnation is also a central Greek myth--the abduction of Helen that led to the Trojan War. Stealing Helen surveys a vast range of folktales and texts exhibiting the story pattern of the abducted beautiful wife and makes a detailed comparison with the Helen of Troy myth. Lowell Edmunds shows that certain Sanskrit, Welsh, and Old Irish texts suggest there was an Indo-European story of the abducted wife before the Helen myth of the Iliad became known.

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"Ultimately, the book's greatest merit may lie ... in his [Edmunds'] broad horizons--in his delight at discovering similarities between classical literature and the tales and experiences of people Read more...

 
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