Queen Helena

Queen of Northern Ithaca

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Queen Helena rise to power was unexpected to say the least. Before her, Ithaca’s view on women was that of all Greeks; objects, toys, servants, child-bearers. Since the very beginning Ithaca has been marauded by pirates on all sides. It was Helena disguised as a man (Mulan style) that put forth and executed a strategy that crippled pirates in the Ionian sea. And there is not a shortage of men who believe that she also impacted the Aegean pirates as well. After being exposed for a woman there was a trial that she lost. On the night before her execution the people rose up and stormed the palace freeing her and giving her the throne. In annual remembrance of this event, one day in August is reserved for everyone to freely question the Queen’s decisions and reign (she always goes to public forums to hear) and the next day is for celebration. Also, although Ithaca has a queen common women are not allowed to be landowners (and by Ithacan definition true citizens). They’re still treated better than anywhere else in Greece except Lesbos. Helena is seen to be a descendant from the Gods and therefore an exception.

Queen Helena

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