Who was known as “the face that launched a thousand ships”?
– Helen of Troy
– Joan of Arc
– Marie Antoinette
Answer: “The face that launched a thousand ships” is a well-known figure of speech and a snippet of 17th-century poetry that refers to Helen of Troy. The line comes from Christopher Marlowe’s play The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, published in 1604. She was said to be so beautiful that, when she was abducted, a fleet of a thousand ships set sail to win her back from Paris, sparking the Trojan Wars. Today the phrase is most commonly used as a metaphor for beauty and its seductive and destructive force.