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Euripides: Helen

Helen (Greek: Ἑλένη) is a play by Euripides based on a variant legend in which the real Helen never reached Troy but was taken to Egypt by the God Hermes, where she is rescued by Menelaus.

Free online texts

Internet Archive: Euripides I. Iphigeneia at Aulis, Rhesus, Hecuba, The daughters of Troy, Helen. Bilingual Loeb edition, translated by Arthur Sanders Way. Multiple formats.

Internet Classics Archive: Helen, translated by E.P. Coleridge. HTML and TXT formats.

Loebulus: L009 - Euripides -- Euripides I: Iphigenia at Aulis. Rhesus. Hecuba. The Daughters of Troy. Helen. Greek and English parallel text. Loeb edition, PDF format.

Perseus: Greek text and English translation by E.P. Coleridge. HTML and XML formats.

Poetry in Translation: Helen, translated by George Theodoridis, Multiple formats.

University of Adelaide (Internet Archive): Helen, translated by E.P. Coleridge. Multiple formats.

Wikisource:  Greek text and multiple English translations. HTML and other formats.

Other Resources

History of Ancient Greece: Euripides at War, podcast by Ryan Stitt.

Sententiae Antiquae: Paris Donned a Menelaos Disguise to Convince Helen to Go To Troy! 7 October 2016.

Wikipedia: Helen (play)

The Great Conversation: Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes

Homer: The Iliad.

Herodotus: The Histories - gives a version of the story that Helen never reached Troy, but took refuge in Egypt.

Thucydides: History of the Peloponnesian War - discounted Helen's role in the origins of the Trojan War.

Euripides: Iphigenia in Tauris- a play with a similar escape theme.

A.E. Haigh: The Tragic Drama of the Greeks (1896).

 Ancient Greek resources: Learn to read Greek classics in the original.

Bloom's Western Canon: Helen is listed.


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