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Trojan War Myths and Facts

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The Burning of Troy

According to the Greek Myth, the famous Trojan War took place in Troy. So, what sparked the war? It was actually caused by the Greeks or the Achaeans when Paris who lived in Troy had taken Helen away from Menelaus who was her husband and also Sparta’s King. The Trojan War is probably the most significant event that ever occurred in Greek Myth. Its story has actually been narrated in various ways in a lot of Greek literary works such as “Iliad and Odyssey” by Homer which contained fragments of the actual war.  It is placed on the Biblical Timeline with World History at 1184 BC

Trojan War Around 1184 BC: Truth or Legend?

1184 BC sparked the beginning of the Trojan War. During this phase, the Greeks departed in various ships and left behind an enormous wooden horse which was a form of victory offering. The truth is that it was actually heaved within Troy’s walls and the Greek soldiers would then come down from the belly of the horse after dark just to slay each and every guard. That way, they were able to successfully destroy the city.

Throughout the generations, a lot of questions about the war have been commonly asked. Did it really happen? Was it really during the 1184 BC? The answer to the first question would be a yes based on various archaeological evidences. According to studies, it didn’t really happen during the traditional date that’s told, but rather just around the 1200 BC. Where? The answer would be Asia Minor.
So, there is actually a conflict of info between the works of Homer about the Trojan War legends and the various archaeological studies conducted. However, it can’t just be a truly made up story. The said war and the folklores it comes with are firm parts of the Western Culture, especially in language enrichment.

Significant Details about the Trojan War

The war lasted for over 10 consecutive years until such time that the Greeks were able to send the wooden horse loaded with soldiers who were aimed to bring destruction to the city of Troy. Achilles who was one of the major characters to have fought in the said war was speared through his heel to death. Due to the invasion of the Greek soldiers, all the major structures within Troy were totally burnt. In the end, Troy lost the battle which seems to be pretty tragic if you really think about it.
Now, why did Paris have to take away Helen from Menelaus, the King of Sparta? As you may know, Paris is actually one of the gods in the said legend. The main reason why Helen had been such a big interest to him was the goddess beauty that she had possessed. Aphrodite whom Paris sent along with the soldiers was actually the one who did the abduction for him.

Menelaus’s Broken Vow

Due to Menelaus’s love for Helen, he had made a vow to do whatever it took to rescue Helen. With the help of his brother, Agamemnon, he was able to win the companionship of the Achaean soldiers towards the retrieval of Helen. There are actually different versions about how it ended. There’s one where Menelaus ended it all by killing Helen. On the other hand, there was a version where he dies and reunites with his beloved Helen in a so called “Island of the Blessed.”

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_War

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achaeans_(Homer)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achilles

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  • elle oriel October 1, 2012, 4:00 pm

    I want to know more about this. Homer claims the gods took part in the squirimish. Soooo… if the gods were still active in 1189 bc and took parts in the affairs of men it may mean that they people were far more advanced in 1189 BC than we give them credit for in our modernday arrogance.

  • roberto satey February 28, 2013, 6:03 pm

    i believe it is true

  • GWMcClintock September 7, 2013, 4:12 pm

    “As you may know, Paris is actually one of the gods in the said legend.” – Really? How so? Maybe ~7generations back…not sure that really counts.. GW

  • helen October 8, 2013, 7:34 pm

    Who from Ismanus aided the Trojans in the war?