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[45] Taenarim maritae; Helen; so called from Taenarus, a promontory of Laconia; in which country her husband Menelaus reigned.

Culpasse. The making Laodamia thus trace back the war to its source, is a masterly stroke of art in the poet. Nothing is more common, when any disaster happens to us, than to examine all the minute circumstances which contributed to it, and lament that they were not prevented. Had Paris found Helen less beautiful, he would never have thought of carrying her away, or have given occasion to that unhappy war, by which Laodamia was deprived of her husband.

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