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Byzantion nea hellás

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CASTILLO DIDIER, Miguel. THE DEATH OF HELENA. Byzantion nea hellás [online]. 2011, n.30, pp.219-245. ISSN 0718-8471.

Homer's characters seem to partake of the immortality of Homeric poetry. Especially Helen shows herself not only immortal in the Western literary tradition, but also in our consciousness that identifies with the survival of beauty. While the ancients thought Helen to have been deified and thus ascended to immortality, Kazantzakis, the modern Greek poet who resumed the journey of Odysseus, gives her the death that Homer gave not to her.

Keywords : Odyssey; Odysseus; Helen; beauty; immortality; death.

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