The Trojan War

When Paris, of the city-state of Troy abducted Helen it was to set a chain of events in motion that culminated in the Trojan War, one of the most important events in Greek Mythology.

When Helen’s husband Menelaus discovered Helen was missing, he called on Agamemnon to uphold the oath he had agreed to, to defend the chosen husband and provide military assistance for him should Helen be abducted again. Agamemnon agreed and then sent for all Helen’s other former suitor’s to do the same.

This led to Agamemnon leading an army against Troy. Many great heroes followed him including Odysseus, Achilles, Nestor and Ajax. They were also aided by many gods including Poseidon, Hephaestus and Hermes.

Other gods were to aid Troy in the war including Ares and Apollo.

The Trojan War was to rage in the countryside surrounding Troy for nine long years and many men were to die. The Greek army was unable to break through the high, thick city walls.

Odysseus devised a plan to infiltrate the city of Troy. This was to build a giant wooden horse (the horse was an animal sacred to the Trojans).

It was hollowed out and filled with Greek soldiers led by Odysseus, then left outside of the city walls as an offering. The Greek armies then retreated and the Trojans thought the war was over.

The Trojans dragged the giant wooden horse into the city and held a night of drunken celebrations.

Following this, the soldiers emerged from the horse, opened the city gates for the returning Greek army and slaughtered the population.

Helen was then rescued and returned to Sparta.

 

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