What if the Trojan War did not happen over the love of a woman, but over the love of a ghost of one? In a sentence, that’s the main plot behind Euripides’ Helen, who decided to distance himself from Homer’s original work and talk about (or rather against) wars that happen for aught. There’s a reason for this, of course: he wrote Helen in the aftermath of the Athenians’ crushing defeat in the Sicilian Expedition of 415BC. Vassilis Papavassiliou directs this production by the National Theatre of Northern Greece at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus.
With English subtitles.
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