The Menelaion: A Local Manifestation of a Pan-Hellenic Phenomenon
In his New History, the second century CE grammarian Ptolemy Chennos (also called Ptolemy Hephaestion) alleges that over two dozen celebrated women named Helen lived at the time of the Trojan War. These women include a painter, a woman...
Menelaus & Helen
A detail of an Attic red-figure hydria, c. 480 BCE, showing the Spartan king reunited with his wife Helen of Troy after the Trojan war. (Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Munich)
Menelaos & Helen
A scene from a red-figure vase showing Menelaos re-capturing Helen during the Trojan War. 480 BCE. (Staatliche Antikensammlungen, Munich)
Sun God, Konarak Sun Temple
This colossal idol of Surya or the Hindu Sun God stands in the southern niche of the sanctuary at the Konarak Sun Temple, Odisha state, India. The temple was built in the 13th century CE (around 1250 CE) by King Narasimhadeva I (1238 – 1264...
Old City, Jerusalem
Map of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Rajagopuram, Arunachaleshwara Temple
The eastern and the tallest Gopuram (also known as Rajagopuram) at the entrance of the Arunachaleshwara Temple in Tiruvannamalai, India. It has 11 stories on a base made of granite, measuring 135 ft (41 m) by 98 ft (30 m). It was begun by...
Two Couples - Paris & Helen, Tristan & Iseult
Two couples - Paris & Helen, Tristan & Iseult by Giovanni dal Ponte (1385–1438 CE) Czartoryski Museum
Menelaus (also Menelaos) is a figure from ancient Greek mythology and literature who was the king of Sparta and the husband of beautiful Helen, whose abduction by the Trojan prince Paris sparked off the legendary Trojan War. The story...
Oenone was a nymph in Greek Mythology, the daughter of the river god Cebren and sister of the nymph Asterope/Hesperia. She was given the gift of prophecy by Rhea (mother of the gods) and the gift of healing by Apollo...
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...