The Face That Launched a Thousand Ships: Truth, Goodness and Beauty

“Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, and burnt the topless towers of Ilium?” 

This line by Christopher Marlow in Doctor Faustus (c. 1590) is one of the most famous in Western literature. It is a reference to the beauty of Helen of Sparta who, though married to Menelaus, eloped with Paris of Troy, sparking the Trojan War, chronicled by Homer in the Iliad.… Read more