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Helen of Troy

Woman's Hour tries to uncover the real Helen of Troy with Bettany Hughes and Edith Hall.

Immortalised on vases and in plays and poems, Helen of Troy has excited man's imagination for thousands of years. Woman's Hour tries to uncover the real Helen with Bettany Hughes and Edith Hall.

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  • Helen of Troy

    Woman's Hour tries to uncover the real Helen of Troy with Bettany Hughes and Edith Hall.

    Duration: 07:22

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