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Leda
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Leda

Leda is a figure from Greek mythology who was famously seduced by Zeus when he took the form of a swan. She was a queen of Sparta and mother of beautiful Helen who sparked the Trojan War, and the Dioscuri twins. Leda and the swan was a popular...
Menelaus Pursuing Helen
Image by The Trustees of the British Museum

Menelaus Pursuing Helen

Red-figured hydria attributed to the Syriskos Painter. Made in Attica, Greece, c. 480 BCE, found in Vulci.
Menelaos & Helen
Image by Bibi Saint-Pol

Menelaos & Helen

A scene from a red-figure vase showing Menelaos re-capturing Helen during the Trojan War. 480 BCE. (Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Munich)
Two Couples - Paris & Helen, Tristan & Iseult
Image by BurgererSF

Two Couples - Paris & Helen, Tristan & Iseult

Two couples - Paris & Helen, Tristan & Iseult by Giovanni dal Ponte (1385–1438 CE) Czartoryski Museum
Trojan War
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Trojan War

The Trojan War was fought between Greeks and the defenders of the city of Troy in Anatolia sometime in the late Bronze Age. The story has grabbed the imagination for millennia but a conflict between Mycenaeans and Hittites may well have occurred...
Euripides
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Euripides

Euripides (c. 484-407 BCE) was one of the greatest authors of Greek tragedy. In 5th century BCE Athens his classic works such as Medeia cemented his reputation for clever dialogues, fine choral lyrics and a gritty realism in both his text...
Cerberus
Definition by Liana Miate

Cerberus

Cerberus (also spelt Kerberos) is a vicious three-headed dog in Greek mythology, who guards the entrance to the underworld. He allowed the souls of the dead to enter Hades but prevented the living (except for a few exceptions) from entering...
Diomedes
Definition by Liana Miate

Diomedes

Diomedes is the king of Argos and a hero in Greek mythology. He was one of the leading warriors in the Trojan War, with the reputation of being gifted and strong in combat. He contributed 80 ships to the Greek forces in the Trojan War and...
Troy
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Troy

Troy is the name of the Bronze Age city attacked in the Trojan War, a popular story in the mythology of ancient Greece, and the name given to the archaeological site in the north-west of Asia Minor (now Turkey) which has revealed a large...
Thesmophoriazusae
Definition by Donald L. Wasson

Thesmophoriazusae

The Thesmophoriazusae (also called The Poet & the Women or Women at the Thesmophoria) is a two-act comedy play written in 411 BCE by the great Greek comic playwright, Aristophanes. The play's principal focus is on the Greek tragedian...
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