Helen of Troy: Mystery, Myth, Mortal | Newberry

Helen of Troy: Mystery, Myth, Mortal

Led by Melinda Rooney. Six sessions. 2 - 4 pm.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Tuesdays, September 24 - October 29

2 - 4 pm

This seminar has been cancelled.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $230
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $253

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Seminar Description

The Face that Launched a Thousand Ships, half-mortal and half-divine, Helen of Troy is defined in myth and history by who and what she was to others. This class seeks to understand Helen by granting to her character a more complex humanity. Readings will include Euripides’ Helen and The Trojan Women; Sappho’s “Fragment 16”; passages from Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey; H.D.’s poem “Helen in Egypt”; and other poems, stories, myths, and analyses, both classic and contemporary.

Six sessions. E - $230, L - $253

Melinda Rooney writes fiction and teaches literature and philosophy in Chicago, most recently at the Newberry and Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Materials List


  • H.D., Helen in Egypt. W.W. Norton, 1979. ISBN: 978-0811205436
  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor
  • A free digital course packet of additional material, compiled by the instructor and distributed electronically before the seminar begins. **Please note that you can purchase a printed copy at an additional cost to be paid at the first session (cash or check accepted).


  • Various, The Greek Plays. Modern Library, 2017. ISBN: 978-0812983098

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.