I have just found out one view of how Helen of Sparta looked at a young woman, I thought some might like it. (from Wikipedia)
Ovid's Heroides give us an idea of how ancient and, in particular, Roman authors imagined Helen in her youth: she is presented as a young princess wrestling naked in the palaestra; an image alluding to a part of girls' physical education in classical (and not in Mycenaean) Sparta. Sextus Propertius imagines Helen as a girl who practices arms and hunts with her brothers:
[...] or like Helen, on the sands of Eurotas, between Castor and Pollux, one to be victor in boxing, the other with horses: with naked breasts she carried weapons, they say, and did not blush with her divine brothers there.
I also found out that Helen might not be the daughter of Leda and Zeus in the form of a swan (though I may have to post Yeats' poem in a bit...
) but in a variant myth was the daughter of Nemesis
I've also found out a whole lot more about Clytemnestra who I have long admired. It seems that Agamemnon not only sacrificed their daughter Iphigenia to get the right winds to blow, but also murdered her baby son. In one version she was married to another King who Agememnon killed. He also killed her young son by this king (just like a drake or a lion killing the offspring of the other male...) and forced Clytemnestra to marry him.
All a very sorry bunch of patriarchal nasties, jolly good thing there were all these strong Greek tragic heroines even though they all come to a bad end. I am now going downstairs to see if i have The Trojan Women
in an early twentieth century gold embossed cloth bound edition. I think I have. I will read it in the next days if so. Now I will go to sleep.