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

Author: Lowell Edmunds
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 2016.
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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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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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(DLC) 2014042379
Named Person: Helen, of Troy Queen of Sparta; Helen, of Troy Queen of Sparta.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lowell Edmunds
ISBN: 140087422X 9781400874224
OCLC Number: 919854792
Language Note: In English.
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Contents: ""Cover""; ""Title""; ""Copyright""; ""CONTENTS""; ""List of Figures""; ""Preface""; ""Abbreviations""; ""INTRODUCTION""; ""1 “THE ABDUCTION OF THE BEAUTIFUL WIFEâ€? AS INTERNATIONAL TALE""; ""Â1 Typology in Folklore Studies""; ""Â2 The Concept of Type""; ""Â3 The Motif""; ""Â4 The Emic and the Etic""; ""Â5 From the Emic to the Etic: A Yupik Folktale""; ""Â6 The Deconstructive Point of View""; ""Â7 Variant and Version""; ""Â8 The Ontological Point of View""; ""Â9 The Historical Basis of an Ontology of the Type""; ""Â10 How Old Are Folktales?"" ""Â10.1 Proverb and Fable: Oral Wisdom Literature in Antiquity""""Â11 Morphology and Structuralism""; ""Â12 Typological Status of “The Abduction of the Beautiful Wifeâ€?""; ""Â13 Motifs of “The Abduction of the Beautiful Wifeâ€?""; ""Â13.1 Birth or Origin""; ""Â13.1.1 Swan Maiden""; ""Â13.2 Childhood and Marriage""; ""Â13.3 Perilous Beauty of the Wife""; ""Â13.4 Abductor""; ""Â13.5 Abduction""; ""Â13.6 Recovery""; ""Â13.7 Fate of the Abductor""; ""Â13.8 Reunion of Husband and Wife""; ""Â13.8.1 Orpheus""; ""Â14 The Syntagma""; ""Â15 Methodological Reflections"" ""2 DIOSCURI""""Â1 Introduction""; ""Â2 The Abduction of Helen by Theseus and PeirithoÃ?s""; ""Â3 Indo-European Cognates""; ""Â4 The Caucasus""; ""Â5 The Baltic Egg""; ""Â6 Cults of Helen and the Dioscuri""; ""Â7 The Name Helen and the Nature of Names""; ""Â8 An Indo-European “Abductionâ€?""; ""Â8.1 The Abduction in Indo-European Epic""; ""Â8.2 The Three Functions of Georges Dumézil and Trojan Myth""; ""Â9 The Indo-European “Abductionâ€? and the Question of Origins""; ""Â10 Conclusion""; ""3 HELEN MYTH""; ""Â1 Parentage, Birth, Siblings""; ""Â2 Childhood"" ""Â3 Wooing of Helen and Marriage to Menelaus""""Â4 Motherhood""; ""Â5 Paris""; ""Â6 Abduction""; ""Â6.1 The Abduction in Art""; ""Â7 Consequences in Sparta of Helenâ€?s Abduction""; ""Â8 Stay in Egypt and EidÅ?lon""; ""Â9 Helen at Troy""; ""Â10 Recovery of Helen by Menelaus""; ""Â10.1 The Trojan Horse""; ""Â10.2 Helenâ€?s Role in Her Recovery""; ""Â10.3 Menelausâ€?s Unhappy and Happy Reunions with Helen""; ""Â10.4 Helen Bares Her Breasts?""; ""Â10.5 Himation""; ""Â10.6 To the Ships, with His Hand on Her Wrist""; ""Â10.7 Reflections on the Reunions"" ""Â11 Return of Menelaus and Helen to Sparta""""Â12 After the Return""; ""Â13 Death of Helen""; ""Â14 Comparison of Myth of Helen with “Abductionâ€? Type""; ""4 HYPOSTASES OF HELEN""; ""Â1 The Cult at Platanistas""; ""Â2 Helen Dendritis""; ""Â3 Cult at TherapnÄ?""; ""Â3.1 Herodotusâ€?s Designation of Helen: “the goddessâ€? (ή Î?εόÏ?, 6.61.3)""; ""Â4 Conclusion on Cults""; ""Â5 The Cults and the Indo-European Goddess""; ""Â6 Helen as Fictional""; ""Â7 The Discovery of a Real Helen""; ""Â7.1 Self Ancient and Modern""; ""Â7.2 The Discovery of the Personality of Helen""
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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. Investigating Helen's status in ancient Greek sources, the book argues that if Helen was just one trope of the abducted wife, the quest for Helen's origin in Spartan cult can be abandoned, as can the quest for an Indo-European goddess who grew into the Helen myth.

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