Summary - Summary .Helen'sveryname means"death"theysay,...

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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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