When Paris grabbed Helena by the hand and whisked her away, passion bloomed in her heart. He was a high-handed man who did as he pleased, but deep down, that was precisely what Helena desired. In the midst of his stong embrace, she silently prayed for their love to last for all eternity. She had no need for the masses of men who yearned after her, or a life of tranquility. She wished to be consumed by the flames of war should their love ever die.
In Greek mythology, Helen of Troy (Greek Ἑλένη Helénē), also known as Helen of Sparta, was the daughter of Zeus and Leda, and was a sister of Castor, Pollux, and Clytemnestra. By marriage she was Queen of Laconia, a province within Homeric Greece, the wife of King Menelaus. In Greek myths, she was considered the most beautiful woman in the world, which led her to being abducted several times. Her abduction by Paris, Prince of Troy, brought about the Trojan War.
Modern Helen is a feminine given name derived from the Ancient Greek name Ἑλένη Helenē (dialectal variant: Ἑλένα Helena) whose etymology is unknown; a derivation of the latter from ἑλένη, a variant form of ἑλάνη "torch". Another possible derivation is from Greek Σελήνη Selene, meaning "moon". It has also been suggested that the λ of Ἑλένη arose from an original ν, and thus the etymology of the name is connected with the root of Venus.
Artwork by Bastien Lecouffe Deharme.