"As such, Helen herself has a beauty rating of 1.186 helens"
December 18, 2014 1:33 AM Subscribe
in the iliad helen speaks the last lament for hector. the only man in troy who showed her kindness is slain—and now, helen says, πάντες δέ με πεφρίκασιν, all men shudder at me. she doesn't speak in the iliad again. homer isn’t cruel to helen; her story is cruel enough.
more Helen of Troy from the same:
elusive is right. (there’s a vellum manuscript of homer called the ambrosian iliad, one of the oldest surviving manuscripts in the world. when it was found it had been butchered, its illustrations cut out and stuck to pieces of paper. a librarian realised that there were lines of the iliad under the paper-sheets and used chemicals to dissolve the glue binding the paper to the vellum. on the reverse of one of the fragments was an image of helen, dressed as if in purdah, and paris, sitting side-by-side.because helen of troy doesn’t have one face; she has a thousand.
firstly, every retelling of classical mythology has to negotiate the problem of translation, from the microcosm of syntax upward. the past can’t ever be fully recovered: all our conjurings of it, and its stories, are shaded by modern consciousness. some retellings of myths try to conceal the act of translation and present the story as if there were no distance between past & future. others are self-reflexive about the inevitable failures of translation, emphasising re-narration as an act of re-creation, and foregrounding the modern assumptions being brought to the narrative.more: good books and analyses of helen
there’s no singular helen myth.
The title is from humorous units of measurement, and previously
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