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Female Combatants, Feminism and Just War
Female combatants, feminism and just war

‘The fairest woman in the world was Helen, the daughter of Zeus and Leda … such was the report of her beauty that not a young prince in Greece but wanted to marry her’ (Hamilton, 1940: 181). So starts the story of the Trojan War in Edith Hamilton's famed summary of ancient Greek mythology. All of Helen's suitors had taken an oath to protect whoever was chosen as her husband, and her father chose Menelaus, who then became King of Sparta as a result of the marriage (1940: 141). Though most suitors respected this oath, Paris, after having reached a deal with the Goddess Athena for the fairest woman of all, took Helen from ...

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