Recounted in Homer's Iliad, the story of Helen of Troy and the Trojan War is a Greek heroic legend, combining fact and fiction.
Helen of Troy is considered one the most beautiful women in all literature. She was married to Menelaus, king of Sparta.
Her beauty inspired artists of all time to represent her, frequently as the personification of ideal beauty.
Paris, son of King Priam of Troy, fell in love with Helen and abducted her, taking her back to Troy. The Greeks assembled a great army, led by Menelaus's brother, Agamemnon, to retrieve Helen.
Troy was destroyed. Helen returned safely to Sparta, where she lived happily with Menelaus for the rest of her life.