Summary The chorus chants an ode on Helen and the destruction caused by her beauty. Helen's very name means "death," they say, and it is appropriate for one who was responsible for so much devastation. At first the Trojans welcomed her, but they regretted their generosity when the war began. The elders tell a parable to illustrate what happened. Once a man raised a lion cub in his house. In the beginning, it was a source of pleasure for him and his family. Later, when the cub grew up, its destructive instincts became dominant. The lion ravished itself ferociously among the man's sheep, then attacked the defenseless family. "This thing they raised in their house was blessed / by God to be priest of destruction." Thus it was with Helen — whatever she touched was destroyed. Many people believe that good fortune results in suffering, but the elders hold another view — only
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