Helen of Troy Picture

Helen was the daughter of Leda and Tyndareus of Sparta. However her true father was Zeus, King of the Gods, who admired Leda and seduced her in the guise of a swan, resulting in the birth of Helen from an egg.

When it was time for Helen to marry, many kings and princes from around the world came to seek her hand, bringing rich gifts with them, or sent emissaries to do so on their behalf. Odysseus was one of the suitors and proposed that, before the decision was made, all the suitors should swear a most solemn oath to defend the chosen husband against whoever should quarrel with him. Menelaus was chosen to be Helen's husband and they had a daughter, Hermione.

Later, when Paris of Troy abducted Helen, the suitors were obliged to honor their oath and so the Trojan War was fought to bring her back home. The war lasted ten years, many heroes were killed, and the gods joined in on both sides. Finally the Greeks won with the help of legendary figures like Achilles, Odysseus and Ajax and of course the famous Wooden Horse.

Helen of Troy is referred to as "the face that launched a thousand ships" and was said to be overwhelmingly beautiful (various sources)

Worth going to war for? You decide.
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