Legendary Journeys

Helen was the wife of King Menelaus. She fell in love with Prince Paris of Troy and left with him, thus beginning the Trojan War. She was an old friend of Xena's and sent for the warrior princess to help stop the ten-year-long war. Although Helen loved Paris at the beginning of the war, it has also driven them apart. Helen believed that by returning to Menelaus, she could end the war and find happiness. Xena advised her against this, telling Helen to do what she wanted to do.[1].



  • Helen, in mythology, is the daughter of Zeus and Leda (or Nemesis). She was sister to the hero twins, Castor and Pollux (Castor being her half-brother and Pollux her full brother) and to Clytemnestra. The first record of her name appears in the poems of Homer, in which her abduction by Paris brought about the Trojan War. In the Iliad, Helen despises Paris, having only ever loved him at Aphrodite's instigation. In the Odyssey, Helen seems ambivalent to be queen of Sparta again, and mixes potions to make the Greeks forget the carnage that was done in her name. Many mythographers have speculated that Helen's sorcerous qualities – rarely depicted in adaptations – may be a holdover from a time when she was worshipped as a goddess in her own right.