n Akroterion - "Unhappily ever after?" The problem of Helen in 4

Volume 55, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0303-1896
  • E-ISSN: 2079-2883
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Book 4 of Homer's contains two μύθοι (stories) which reveal two, different "Helens": the first "Helen" is a self-portrait, Helen tells her guests a story about her encounter with Odysseus at Troy. The second "Helen" is revealed in a counter story told straight after hers by her husband Menelaus. This counter tale reveals how Helen nearly succeeded in betraying the Greek soldiers hidden in the Trojan horse. In Helen's story, she saves Odysseus' life and her silence and complicity result in Trojan losses. In Menelaus' story she threatens Odysseus' life as well as those others hidden inside the Horse almost bringing about the downfall of the Greeks and the victory of the Trojans and thus reversing the outcome of the Trojan War.

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