Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology

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(Ἑλένη [Helénē], Latin Helena)

A. Myth

The Cypria makes H. the daughter of Zeus and Nemesis, whom Zeus approaches in the guise of a swan as she takes the shape of a goose. H. hatches from the egg Nemesis then lays, after it has been found either by Leda herself or a shepherd who gives it to Leda. H. is thus in some sense adopted by Leda and her husband Tyndareus (Sappho fr. 166 L/P; Hyg. Astr. 2,8; Apollod. 3,10,7). According to a better-known variant, Zeus couples with Leda and she gives birth to H. and the Dioscuri (Castor and Polydeuces) fr…

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Schneider, Steffen, “Helen”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 4 : The Reception of Myth and Mythology, English edition by David van Eijndhoven, Christine Salazar, and Francis G. Gentry (2010). Original German-language edition: Mythenrezeption: Die antike Mythologie in Literatur, Musik und Kunst von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Herausgegeven von Maria Moog-Grünewald. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 5. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2008). Consulted online on 06 April 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004183308, 20101111

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