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Wang Zhaojun and Helen of Troy

Wang Zhaojun Vs. Helen of Troy: Who Inspires You More?

Wang Zhaojun was an extremely gorgeous woman who was thought of by many as an eastern angel who was sent down from the celestials to bring two nations to peace. Although she lived 2,000 years ago, her legend still lives on because of her striking beauty, her education in classic texts and her reputation as a renowned artist.

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Chinese painting - Wang Zhaojun
Chinese painting – Wang Zhaojun

She was also so humble that when the time came for her to be groomed as the Emperor’s concubine, she refused to pay the artist and in retaliation, he painted a mole on her, that resulted in her being initially denied as a concubine, but she was later given as a gift to bring peace to her nation.

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Zhaojun Tomb
Wang Zhaojun Tomb – Wikipedia

Helen of Troy is also an extremely gorgeous woman who was known for her striking looks as well as also being the reason for the Ten Year Trojan War while she was married to Paris. Helen was a demigod who was admired by countless powerful men, demigods and gods and when she was kidnapped to be wed to Paris, this enraged many Spartans and Greeks.

Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation
Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation

It is interesting that the two most beautiful and well known women of the east and west are still known for their tremendous beauty, but one was the reason for continuing peace while the other was the reason for inciting war.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Chinese lore tells of the Four Great Beauties—four women from different dynasties who were so stunningly beautiful.
  • Wang Zhaojun was thought as an eastern angel who was sent down from the celestials to bring two nations to peace.
  • Helen of Troy was known for her striking looks as well as also being the reason for the Ten Year Trojan War while she was married to Paris.

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“Chinese lore tells of the Four Great Beauties—four women from different dynasties who were so stunningly beautiful that upon seeing them swimming fish would sink (Xi Shi), the moon would go into eclipse (Diao Chan), blooming flowers droop in shame (Yang Guifei), and birds in flight fall from the sky (Wang Zhaojun).”

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