Helen of Troy book cover

Helen of Troy

subjects: Classic & Pre-20th Century Poetry

Description

In Greek mythology, Helen, better known as Helen of Sparta or Helen of Troy, was daughter of Zeus and Leda, wife of king Menelaus of Sparta and sister of Castor, Polydeuces and Clytemnestra. Her abduction by Paris brought about the Trojan War. Helen was described as having the face that launched a thousand ships. Helen or Helene is probably derived from the Greek word meaning “torch” or “corposant” or might be related to “selene” meaning “moon”. (source: Wikipedia)

Excerpt

Of the coming of Paris to the house of Menelaus, King of Lacedaemon, and of the tale Paris told concerning his past life. I All day within the palace of the King In Lacedaemon, was there revelry, Since Menelaus with the dawn did spring Forth from his carven couch, and, climbing high The tower of outlook, gazed along the dry White road that runs to Pylos through the plain , And mark’d thin clouds of dust against the sky, And gleaming bronze, and robes of purple stain. II Then cried he to his serving men, and all Obey’d him, and their labour did not spare, And women set out tables through the hall, Light polish’d tables, with the linen fair. And water from the well did others bear, And the good house–wife busily brought forth Meats from her store, and stinted not the rare Wine from Ismarian vineyards of the North.