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Copyright © Bettany Hughes 2009

Women's Hour

 

 

Immortalised on a million vases and in a hundred plays and poems, Helen of Troy has excited man's imagination for thousands of years. A prehistoric princess with a demi god for a father she is remembered as the "face that launched a thousand ships" for her part in inciting the Trojan War. But who is the real Helen? Was she a harlot or a victim of Aphrodite's meddling - a political pawn or simply an independent woman, exercising her freedom?

 

 

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