Sparta, nestled between the imposing mounts Taygetos and Parnon, was once ruled by Menelaus and his stunning queen, Helen, considered the most beautiful mortal woman of her time.

However, Paris of Troy was promised the most beautiful woman on earth by Aphrodite in exchange for a favour, so he travelled to Sparta to claim his prize. He abducted Helen and took her with him to Troy. Menelaus, understandably, wanted his wife back and convinced the other Greek kings to join him in a war against the Trojans, thus beginning the famous mythological conflict.

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