- This article is about the Spartan queen. For the progenitor of the Greek race, see Hellen. For the Minyan princess, see Helle.
Helen of Sparta, also called Helen of Troy, was the daughter of Zeus and Leda (Tyndareus was her foster-father) and was a Spartan princess. She was reputed to be the most beautiful mortal woman in the world. Her abduction/elopement with Paris was the spark that ignited the Trojan War.
She was married to Menelaus, king of Sparta, but either ran away or was abducted by Paris, a prince of Troy. When Menelaus returned from a trip to Crete, he was enraged to find she was missing and consulted his brother, Agamemnon. The two of them led the combined forces of the Greek city-states against the might of Troy and her allies. She is widely known as 'the face that launched a thousand ships".
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