There are many inspirational stories of love; great love stories from history and from mythology. The following are mainly the best fantasy love stories. I hope you will enjoy them.
Love Between Paris and Helen
This love story between Paris, son of King Priam of Troy and Helen of Sparta was a Greek legend told in Homer’s Iliad. The story of Helen’s abduction by and passionate love with Paris has inspired many writers as well as artists and poets through history. The legend goes that Helen of Troy, who was the wife of Menelaus, King of Sparta, was considered to be the most stunningly beautiful woman in the whole world. In Homer’s story he recounted that this adulterous love between Paris and Helen brought the total downfall of Troy.
The story unfolds as Paris decides which of three goddesses is the fairest to take as a lover. These three are Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. Finally Paris chooses Aphrodite, however he only chooses her because she promises to bring to him the most beautiful woman in the world – who is Helen, the wife of King Priam of Troy! Aphrodite keeps her promise and arranges circumstances that allow Paris to have her. By now Paris has fallen deeply in love with Helen and he abducts her from her husband, taking her back to Troy.
The Greeks then retaliate! Assembling a great army, led by Menelaus’s brother Agamemnon, an armada of 1,000 Greek ships sailed across the Aegean Sea to attack Troy. It was not an easy task to defeat Troy and the battle raged for 9 years. But then the Greeks had a ruse. They pretended to come in peace bearing gift and they offered the Trojans the gift of a large wooden horse. Foolishly (and dismissing repeated warnings) the citizens of Troy decided to accept the gift of the horse. However, when the horse was brought into the city they discovered to their horror that the horse was filled with expert trained Greek fighting men!
The Greek warriors emerged from the horse, and opened the city gates to admit the Greek army. The city of Troy was destroyed and Helen returned safely to Sparta, where she lived happily with Menelaus for the rest of her life. Paris was mortally wounded and died however, while trying to defend Troy.
Love Between Orpheus and Eurydice
In ancient Greek mythology, Orpheus was a hero renowned for his music that was so enchanting that it charmed all who heard it. His music was so captivating that even the stones and wild beasts were hypnotised by it. Orpheus was married to and deeply in love with his beautiful Eurydice who one day was bitten by a venomous snake and died.
Orpheus loved her so greatly that decided to go to the Underworld and bring her back. Having arrived in hades he charmed the gods of this dark place with his music and they allowed him to take Eurydice back with him. However, he was told he must not look back until they completely escaped the Underworld. When they reached the portals of Hades, Orpheus turned back to see if Eurydice is following him and she immediately disappeared back in the world of the dead.
Love Between Cleopatra and Mark Anthony
The immense turmoil in the events of the love story between these two has captivated people for so many centuries. With such power struggles and changing alliances, both in love and war, it is no wonder that we continue to wonder about it today.
Cleopatra was born in 69 BC in Alexandria Egypt. She was born to powerful parents who were of the Ptolemaic dynasty, which ruled Egypt for many years; they were of Greek origin. Mark Antony, was powerful Roman general who was a close ally of Caesar. He was born around 87 BC, making him almost twenty years senior to Cleopatra. After ruling Egypt alongside her father Queen Cleopatra later became the sovereign ruler.
Cleopatra’s first political alliance was with the famous Roman general, Julius Caesar. She became his mistress and they had a son together. As to Mark Antony, although he had a privileged birth being born into a prominent political family, he spent his early adult years recklessly.
Mark Antony had a close friend who had a wife named Fulvia. This man died and in 49 BC Mark Antony took Fulvia as his own. After incurring a high level of debt in Rome, Antony fled to Greece and later joined the military. Mark Antony moved rapidly upwards in rank while in the military; this in part being due to his familial connections with Julius Caesar. Along the way, he allied himself with Octavian, who later ruled the entire Roman empire.
When Julius Caesar was assassinated, Mark Antony was among three men who continued to rule Rome. In order to ensure Egypt’s loyalty to Rome, he sent for Cleopatra to discuss political alliances together. Although she refused him twice she eventually did agree to meet with him. During the very first meeting he was won over by her charm and fell in love with her. They soon began a relationship and later moved back to Egypt, where they were married. As with her relationship with Caesar, this new marriage solidified Cleopatra’s union with Rome.
Antony’s first wife, Fulvia, acted out in response to this by organizing an attack against Octavian and claiming she was acting on Antony’s behalf. Mark Antony tried to repair the damage by returning to her, although it was already too late and she died soon after. As an additional step, he married Octavia Minor, the sister of Octavian, to reunite the two families. Now it was Cleopatra’s turn to discover Antony’s infidelity, which she heard about a mere weeks before delivering twin babies. Despite this, she continued to help and support Antony in his military endeavors. By this point, Antony had doubts about Octavian’s true loyalties; he left Octavia Minor (who was pregnant) and returned to Cleopatra. Enraged and determined to gain more power, Octavian publicly spoke out against Antony and Cleopatra and launched a military attack.
Antony officially declared his allegiance and loyalty to Cleopatra. Afraid for her life, Cleopatra hid in her own burial tomb, amid rumors that she was already dead. With Octavian gaining a steady advantage in the fight, Antony killed himself with the mistaken belief that Cleopatra had done so too. With this knowledge, along with the fact that she would be made a prisoner of Octavian, Cleopatra also committed suicide. There are many different theories today as to how exactly she died, but the earliest records mostly agree that it was due to a self-inflicted cobra bite.
Your Own Story of Passionate Love and Romance
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