Special Sub-Topic: The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships
|Helen's father was Zeus, and he was said to have appeared to her mother, Leda, as a swan. What color egg was Helen said to have been hatched from?|
Blue. It was a blue egg Helen was said to have been hatched from. In some tales, her brother, Polydeuces is also said to have hatched from an egg.
|When of age to be married, Helen had many suitors, so King Tyndareus made all the men swear an oath that they would be content with whoever Helen chose to marry. Whom did she end up choosing?|
Menelaus. She did end up choosing Menelaus as her husband. He left his palace at Mycenae where his brother was king, and became the King of Sparta.
|Odysseus was the man who came up with the idea of the oath and proposed it to Tyndareus. What did Odysseus want in return?|
The hand of Penelope in marriage. Odysseus came as a suitor to Helen, but only wanted Penelope's hand in marriage. Penelope's father, Icarius, swore that no one would marry his daughter unless that suitor beat him in a footrace. Odysseus succeeded.
|Helen and Menelaus had one child. What was her name?|
Hermione. Persephone is the god that Helen was said to have looked up to, besides Aphrodite. Clytemnestra was Helen's sister. Hecuba was the Queen of Troy.
|Who sailed to Greece and, in kind words, swept Helen off of her feet?|
Paris. Paris was visited by the three goddesses - Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. He was asked to pick who was the most beautiful between the three. Upon choosing Aphrodite, she guaranteed him a gift. That gift turned out to be Helen.
|After discovering that Helen had sailed away with her new lover, what did Menelaus do?|
Gathered all of Helen's suitors (Followed after them by himself, Moved back to Mycenae, Married somebody else). Menelaus demanded that they sustain the oath they made and come to Troy with him and fight. Most of them did show.
|During the Trojan War, was it Menelaus that killed his wife's lover?|
No. Menelaus had nothing to do with the death of Paris. The poisoned arrows of Hercules, belonging to Philoctetes, were said to have grazed his arm and killed him.
|After the death of Paris, Helen gets married to Deiphobus. This is Helen's choice, as she has wanted him all along.|
False. Helen was still mourning over Paris. She did not want to be with Deiphobus, but, with the death of Paris, the little power she had in Troy vanished.
|After the fall of Troy, Helen and Menelaus were brought back together. On their way back to Sparta, however, storms sent their ship in other directions. Which of the following places did they NOT land on before they reached Sparta?|
Ithaca. They spent several years in Cyprus, Phoenicia, and Egypt. Ithaca was never reached by the pair.
|After Menelaus died, Helen was driven out of Sparta by Nicostratus and Megapenthes, escaping to Rhodes. Who was said to have killed Helen while she was in Rhodes?|
Polyxo's servants. Helen believed Polyxo was her friend, but Polyxo wanted to avenge her husband, Tlepolemus, who died at Troy. Polyxo sent her servants to grab Helen while she was bathing, and hang her from a tree.
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