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Helen of One’s Troy (The)

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The ambition of one’s life; the subject for which we would live and die. The allusion, of course, is to that Helen who eloped with Paris, and thus brought about the siege and destruction of Troy.

“For which men all the life they here enjoy

Still fight, as for the Helens of their Troy.”


Lord Brooke: Treatie of Humane Learning.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Heimdall
Heimdall’s Horn
Heimdaller
Heims-kringla (The)
Heir - apparent
Heir-presumptive
Hel or Hela (in Scandinavian mythology)
Hel Keplein
Heldenbuch (Book of Heroes)
Helen
Helen of One’s Troy (The)
Helena
Helena (St.)
Helenos
Helicon
Heligh-monat (Holy-month)
Heliopolis
He lios
Heliostat
Heliotrope
Hell