Helen

Canaanite - The consort of Simon Magus. Also called Helen, Elaine, Elaine, Helen, Elayne, Yevrossima, Yevrossima, Euphrosyne or Euphrosyne.
European - Daughter of King Hoel. She was carried off by Cormoran, the giant of Mont St Michel. King Arthur killed the giant but was too late to save Helen. Occasionally referred to as Helen, Elaine, Elaine, Helen, Elayne, Yevrossima, Yevrossima, Euphrosyne or Euphrosyne.
Greek - Daughter of Zeus by Leda or Nemesis. Wife of Menelaus. Sister of Castor, Clytemnestra and Polydeuces. Mother of Hermione and Xuthus. She was born from the coupling of Zeus, in the form of a swan, with Leda, or with Nemesis who took the form of a goose, to produce an egg from which Helen was hatched. As a young girl, she was carried away by Peirithous and Theseus who drew lots for her. Theseus won and sent her to Aphidnus who cared for her until she was of marriageable age. She was rescued by Castor and Polydeuces when they invaded Attica while Theseus was imprisoned in Tartarus. She later married Menelaus but was abducted by Paris, precipitating the Trojan War. After the death of Paris, whom she had married, in the fighting at Troy, she married his brother Deiphobus but when the city fell to the Greeks she was reunited with Menelaus and returned with him to Greece. Menelaus was one of those who condemned Orestes to death for killing Aegisthus and Clytemnestra to avenge their murder of his father Agamemnon and Orestes would have killed Helen to punish her husband had not Zeus intervened and carried Helen off to Olympus as one of the immortals where she became, like Castor and Pollux, guardian of sailors, appearing as St Elmo's fire. Another version says that, when Menelaus died, Helen went to Rhodes where she was hanged by Polyxo. An alternative story says that, when Paris' ship was driven ashore in Egypt, Proteus took Helen to the safety of a cave and put a spirit facsimile in her place to be abducted by Paris. In some accounts she is said to have married Achilles in Hades and bore a son, Euphorion, though Goethe says that Euphorion was her son by Faust. Sometimes identified as Helen, Elaine, Elaine, Helen, Elayne, Yevrossima, Yevrossima, Euphrosyne or Euphrosyne.
Greek - Daughter of Aegisthus and Clytemnestra. She was one of those killed by Orestes when he killed her parents to avenge the murder of his father, Agamemnon. Also commonly identified as Helen, Elaine, Elaine, Helen, Elayne, Yevrossima, Yevrossima, Euphrosyne or Euphrosyne.
Greek - A play by Euripides in which he alleges that only a phantom Helen was taken to Troy. Sometimes identified as Helen, Elaine, Elaine, Helen, Elayne, Yevrossima, Yevrossima, Euphrosyne or Euphrosyne.
Serbian - The real name of Yevrossima. Sometimes identified as Helen, Elaine, Elaine, Helen, Elayne, Yevrossima, Yevrossima, Euphrosyne or Euphrosyne.

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