How do the Greeks feel about Helen?
So to sum up: all Greece hates Helen because of her beauty and sexual relationships (which are, unsurprisingly, linked). The poem increasingly portrays her as a cold, dead, still, statue, and then we find out that the Grecians will only ever love Helen when she’s dead.
Why was Helen cursed?
The ancients thought Helen’s crime was the crime of a god, or rather a goddess, Aphrodite (in that Helen’s excessive sexual charisma was a gift of Aphrodite) – but through the medieval and Early Modern periods – in fact up until the 21st century, her affair was judged a sin against God himself.
Who was the ugliest god?
Facts about Hephaestus
Hephaestus was the only ugly god among perfectly beautiful immortals. Hephaestus was born deformed and was cast out of heaven by one or both of his parents when they noticed that he was imperfect. He was the workman of the immortals: he made their dwellings, furnishings, and weapons.
Why didn’t the Trojans give Helen back?
Some of the answers cite the Iliad to show some attempts to avert the city’s destruction, but these were already doomed to fail. Priam decided not to give Helen back directly, and when Menelaus bested Paris in combat, the gods spirited him away.
Was Menelaus a real person?
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.