Introducing Euripides’ Helen

We are pleased to share a revised version of E.P. Coleridge's translation of Euripides' Helen that tracks Core Vocab words in the same way as the Sourcebook. This was the result of the third community-driven collaborative "heroization" project. You can also read an introduction to the drama, its characters, and themes. Read more

The Homecoming Queen

When we first meet Helen in the Iliad the goddess Iris has led her to the Scaean Gates of Troy, where she looks out onto the battlefield. There she laments the actions that brought her to Troy and longs for home. Helen also makes an appearance in the Odyssey, long after the fall of Troy and in her role of Queen of Sparta, back as wife of Menelaos. But has… Read more


Finding Helen in texts is frustrating. Many contradictory facts may be encountered. Who was Helen? What about her life, her power, her birth, her beauty? Was she hated or was she loved? If we were to write a short biography, it might read like this: Helen was the daughter of Leda and Tyndareus/Zeus, and Clytemnestra, Castor and Polydeuces' sister. Penelope was her cousin. She married Menelaos king of Sparta, was… Read more

Video—CHS Open House: Weaver as a Hero with Susan Edmunds

"But Iris went as a messenger to white-armed Helen in the likeness of her husband's sister, the wife of Antenor's son, her that lord Helicaon, Antenor's son, had to wife, Laodice, the fairest of the daughters of Priam. She found Helen in the hall, where she was weaving a great purple web of double fold... " We were pleased to welcome Susan T. Edmunds for our Open House discussion, about… Read more

Gallery: Egypt in the Louvre

This Gallery will take you to Egypt, where Helen was supposed to be during the Trojan War according to Euripides. “These are the lovely pure streams of the Nile, which waters the plain and lands of Egypt, fed by white melting snow instead of rain from heaven. Proteus was king of this land when he was alive, living on the island of Pharos and lord of Egypt” Read more