Helen of Troy, the face that launched a thousand ships - but is there more to her than a beautiful face? Commemorated throughout history in ancient epics and modern adaptations, Helen of Troy is known as one of the most beautiful women to ever have lived. But was Helen of Troy actually real, and from her story what can we learn about women's positions and roles in ancient societies?
In this episode Tristan is joined by author and broadcaster Natalie Haynes to discuss Helen's place in mythology, history and modern society. Often viewed through the male gaze, Natalie helps set the record straight about who Helen really was and unravels the tragic story that encapsulated her life. With discussions of her conception, abductions, and grief after the Trojan War - we learn about why she was so noteworthy in mythology, and how her story has persevered through to the 21st Century.
This episode contains references to rape and self harm.
This episode was originally broadcast in March 2022.
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