The Abduction of Helen (page 574, with art)

Chapter 16, The Trojan War

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Ag 403-8 – Aischylos, Agamemnon

But she, bequeathing to her people the clang of shield and spear and army of fleets, and bringing to Ilium destruction in place of dowry, with light step she passed through the gates—daring a deed undareable.  Greek Text

Berlin, Antikensammlung 30036: Attic red-figure neck-amphora by the Heimarmene Painter, with (in the center) Helen on lap of Aphrodite, and Himeros and Paris; on left, Nemesis pointing finger at Helen and a companion, and Peitho with chest; on right, Heimarmene and woman with bird 


A. Furtwaengler and K. Reichhold, Griechische Vasenmalerei: Auswahl hervorragender Vasenbilder vol. 3 (1932) pl. 172.2

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Stesichoros, Elena: Palinoidia 192 PMGPoetae Melici Graeci, pp. 104-5 ed. D. L. Page. Oxford 1962.

Rep 9.586c – Plato, Republic

as to seem intense in either kind, and to beget mad loves of themselves in senseless souls, and to be fought for, as Stesichorus says the wraith of Helen was fought for at Troy through ignorance of the truth?” “It is quite inevitable,” he said, “that it should be so.”  Greek Text

Hesiod fr 358 MW – Fragmenta Hesiodea, p. 176, ed.  Merkelbach and M.L. West. Oxford 1967. 

Paraphrasis Lykophr. 822 (i. 71 Scheer)

Hesiod was the first to talk about Helen’s eidôlon.  (Transl. E. Bianchelli)

DP 11.41 – Dion Chrysostomos of Prusa

You say, too, that Stesichorus in his palinode declared that Helen never sailed off to any place whatsoever, while certain others say that Helen was carried off by Paris but came to us here in Egypt. Yet with all this uncertainty and ignorance surrounding the matter you cannot even thus see through the deception.  Greek Text

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Artistic sources edited by R. Ross Holloway, Elisha Benjamin Andrews Professor Emeritus, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown Univ., and Frances Van Keuren, Prof. Emerita, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Univ. of Georgia, September 2021

Literary sources edited by Elena Bianchelli, Retired Senior Lecturer of Classical Languages and Culture, Univ. of Georgia, January 2023

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