Helen of Troy by Bettany Hughes
Goddess, Princess, Whore

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For 3,000 years, the woman known as Helen of Troy has been both the ideal symbol of beauty and a reminder of the terrible power beauty can wield.In her search for the identity behind this mythic figure, acclaimed historian Bettany Hughes uses Homer’s account of Helen’s life to frame her own investigation. Tracing the cultural impact that Helen has had on both the ancient world and Western civilization, Hughes explores Helen’s role and representations in literature and in art throughout the ages. This is a masterly work of historical inquiry about one of the world’s most famous women.


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About Bettany Hughes

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Bettany Hughes is a cultural and social historian, writer, and television presenter. She received degrees in ancient and medieval history at Oxford University and has carried out research in the Balkans, Greece, and Asia Minor. She has presented numerous documentaries and historical series for the BBC, PBS, and the Discovery Channel, and also writes pieces on popular history for several newspapers and magazines.
 
Published May 28, 2009 by Vintage. 512 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Riffling through the past — real and imagined — for the woman behind the myth.

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Riffling through the past — real and imagined — for the woman behind the myth.

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Helen of Troy or, more accurately here, Helen of El Paso, Texas, is a self-styled 'leader in the personal care products industry, yielding professional results from soft body to springy curls'.

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