Painter of the Frankfort Acorn, and Phintias Attic Red-Figure Lekythos, about 420 - 400 B.C., Terracotta 18.4 × 10.6 cm (7 1/4 × 4 3/16 in.) The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles "[T]he artist depicted the moment when Paris, the Trojan prince, meets Helen, the wife of his host Menelaos, the king of Sparta. Helen will run off with Paris, sparking the Trojan War. Paris and Helen meet in the palace at Sparta, whose lavish setting is indicated by the elaborate doors with raised relief knockers. Helen's companions frame the scene; one seems rather amazed to see a tiny version of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, blessing the union as she flies through the air in a chariot drawn by rotes."

Helen Notes: Who Is Doctor Faustus

“The Faust legend is generally known for one of two things: it is the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil; and the story of a man who commits
gross moral turpitude with Helen of Troy.”

Dionysus and Perseus

Thebes Dionysus had arrived in Thebes — at his ancestral home. A new god, freshly back from India, he was having … More

Mythological Allusions

“Explain the joke in the following cartoon: A physician is examining a patient, who is holding up his foot….”

The Titans

In Greek mythology, the original gods and goddesses were giant creatures, as the word “Titan” suggests, often with correspondingly great and vague powers. The next, inbred generation produced more gods and goddesses….