: the wife of Menelaus whose abduction by Paris brings about the Trojan War

Examples of Helen of Troy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In recent years, excavations have uncovered spectacular frescoes of Helen of Troy, an ancient construction site, erotic art and quarters for enslaved people, among other finds. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 May 2024 One of the frescoes depicts the legendary Helen of Troy and Paris, whose elopement set off the series of events that led to the Trojan War. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Apr. 2024 The frescoes show, for example, Helen of Troy and Paris, who’s identifiable thanks to an inscription of his Greek name, Alexandros. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 12 Apr. 2024 The wealthy citizens who owned houses in Pompeii and Herculaneum would have known well the stories of Helen of Troy, Paris, Cassandra and Apollo, the Roman god of arts — all of whom are depicted in the frescoes. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 11 Apr. 2024 Image Image The couples include Helen of Troy and Paris, who is identified in the scene with a Greek inscription by his other name, Alexandros, while a panel on the same wall shows Helen’s parents: Leda, queen of Sparta, and Zeus, depicted as the swan who seduced her. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2024 The woman who appears on that beach and kicks off a gang war between the Irish and Italian mobs in Providence, R.I., represents Helen of Troy. Jim Ruland, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2024 In 2019, the entrepreneur sold the latter to $255 million to Helen of Troy. Jackie Fields, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 Her mother, Sybil, had been crowned Helen of Troy at USC (part beauty queen/part undergrad booster) before becoming a socialite. Mickey Rapkin, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2023

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First Known Use

1510, in the meaning defined above

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“Helen of Troy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Helen%20of%20Troy. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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