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Helen of Troy

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Helen of Troy

British historian Bettany Hughes tours the eastern Mediterranean in search of facts behind the legends of "the face that launched a thousand ships," exploring the ways Greeks made love and war circa 1300 B.C. Hughes (who focused often on women's roles in her 2003 PBS documentary series "The Spartans") portrays Helen as far more than just a pretty face: She was a late-Bronze Age mover and shaker who, Hughes says, "walked hand in hand with spirits, dieties and demons."

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