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Helen Myth

Lowell Edmunds

in Stealing Helen: The Myth of the Abducted Wife in Comparative Perspective

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691165127
eISBN:
9781400874224
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691165127.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Folk Literature

This chapter turns to a comparison of the myth of Helen with “Abduction” as defined in Chapter 1. It reconstructs the myth by outlining the stages of Helen's life—her birth, her childhood, and so ... More


‘Strangers are from Zeus’: Homeric Xenia at the Courts of Proteus and Croesus

Elizabeth Vandiver

in Myth, Truth, and Narrative in Herodotus

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199693979
eISBN:
9780191745324
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693979.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses Herodotus' use of the Homeric concept of xenia in the Histories. It argues that the appearance of xenia in key passages reflects the importance of Homeric epic and of the Greek ... More


Menelaus in the Archaic Period: Not Quite the Best of the Achaeans

Anna R. Stelow

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780199685929
eISBN:
9780191888731
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199685929.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, History of Art: pre-history, BCE to 500CE, ancient and classical, Byzantine, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The figure of Menelaus has remained notably overlooked in scholarship on the major heroes and heroines of Homeric epic. This book studies the Homeric character through a multidisciplinary approach to ... More


Menelaus in Archaic Art

Anna R. Stelow

in Menelaus in the Archaic Period: Not Quite the Best of the Achaeans

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780199685929
eISBN:
9780191888731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199685929.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, History of Art: pre-history, BCE to 500CE, ancient and classical, Byzantine, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores the depiction of Menelaus in archaic art. Menelaus appears in Greek art by the mid-seventh century BC and continues to be depicted by artists into the classical period and ... More


Sophocles Ajax

A. F. Garvie (ed.)

in Sophocles: Ajax

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780856686603
eISBN:
9781800343207
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9780856686603.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter provides the original text of Sophocles's play about Ajax. It talks about how the play began with the death of Achilles and Ajax's desire to be rewarded with his armor. It also mentions ... More


The Ancient Approach

Glen Van Brummelen

in Heavenly Mathematics: The Forgotten Art of Spherical Trigonometry

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780691175997
eISBN:
9781400844807
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691175997.003.0003
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter discusses the ancient approach to trigonometry, beginning with Hipparchus of Rhodes, the founder of trigonometry. It reconstructs when and where Hipparchus must have lived by taking into ... More


Troas

Clyde E. Fant and Mitchell G. Reddish

in A Guide to Biblical Sites in Greece and Turkey

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195139174
eISBN:
9780197561706
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195139174.003.0049
Subject:
Archaeology, Biblical Archaeology

Called Alexandria Troas to distinguish it from other cities named Alexandria, the city is often referred to simply as Troas. (“The Troad” is the name used ... More


Most Beautiful and Best: Euripides’ Helen

Ruby Blondell

in Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199731602
eISBN:
9780199344956
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731602.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter is devoted to Euripides’ tragedy Helen, which challenges the notion of woman as a “beautiful evil” by presenting Helen of Troy as the apogee of virtue. The play is set in the mythic ... More


The Iliad

Anna R. Stelow

in Menelaus in the Archaic Period: Not Quite the Best of the Achaeans

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780199685929
eISBN:
9780191888731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199685929.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, History of Art: pre-history, BCE to 500CE, ancient and classical, Byzantine, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter discusses the portrayal of Menelaus in the Iliad. Menelaus is among the most important heroes in the Iliad, mentioned by name or making an appearance in seventeen out of the twenty-four ... More


The Odyssey

Anna R. Stelow

in Menelaus in the Archaic Period: Not Quite the Best of the Achaeans

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780199685929
eISBN:
9780191888731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199685929.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, History of Art: pre-history, BCE to 500CE, ancient and classical, Byzantine, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the portrayal of Menelaus in the Odyssey. The Odyssey-poet has a new role for Menelaus to play: Menelaus will help Telemachus to find, and the audience to understand, Odysseus. ... More


Why Menelaus?: Alcman, Sappho, Stesichorus, [Hesiod], and the Cycle

Anna R. Stelow

in Menelaus in the Archaic Period: Not Quite the Best of the Achaeans

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780199685929
eISBN:
9780191888731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199685929.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, History of Art: pre-history, BCE to 500CE, ancient and classical, Byzantine, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter assesses the depiction of Menelaus in non-Homeric archaic poetry. What emerges most clearly about Menelaus, from the bits and pieces remaining from non-Homeric archaic poetry, is ... More


The Cult of Menelaus and Helen at Therapne

Anna R. Stelow

in Menelaus in the Archaic Period: Not Quite the Best of the Achaeans

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780199685929
eISBN:
9780191888731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199685929.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, History of Art: pre-history, BCE to 500CE, ancient and classical, Byzantine, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter studies the cult of Menelaus and Helen at Therapne. A ‘happy congruence’ of evidence, from the seventh century BC onward, indicates that Menelaus and Helen were honoured at a place known ... More


Menelaus Εὐρυβίης‎

Anna R. Stelow

in Menelaus in the Archaic Period: Not Quite the Best of the Achaeans

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780199685929
eISBN:
9780191888731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199685929.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, History of Art: pre-history, BCE to 500CE, ancient and classical, Byzantine, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This concluding chapter examines Simonides’ ‘Plataea Elegy’. Sometime not long after the Greek defeat of the Persian army at Plataea, Simonides composed an elegy to commemorate this world-historical ... More


Enter Helen: Euripides’ Trojan Women

Ruby Blondell

in Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199731602
eISBN:
9780199344956
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731602.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter starts by discussing the techniques used to represent the beauty of Helen of Troy in Euripides’ tragedy Trojan Women, including costume and masking, dramatic context, and textual cues. ... More


From Rags to Drag: Paracomic Costuming

Craig Jendza

in Paracomedy: Appropriations of Comedy in Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190090937
eISBN:
9780190090968
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190090937.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter proposes that for some twenty years, Aristophanes and Euripides were engaging in a cross-generic dialogue about the appropriate use and effectiveness of dramatic costuming, which ... More


Paracomedy and the Structure of Euripides’s Helen

Craig Jendza

in Paracomedy: Appropriations of Comedy in Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780190090937
eISBN:
9780190090968
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190090937.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter analyzes Euripides’s Helen in terms of paracomedy and suggests that the structure of the play should be interpreted as staging a metaliterary conflict between tragedy and comedy. This ... More


The Labors of Odysseus

Charles McNelis and Alexander Sens

in The Alexandra of Lycophron: A Literary Study

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780199601899
eISBN:
9780191827525
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601899.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Much as she diminishes Achilles’ heroism, so, too, does Cassandra cast Odysseus in a negative light. This chapter explores in detail her treatment of that hero. By reconfiguring Odysseus’ account of ... More


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