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Orpheus Essay

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The Trojan War was a legendary conflict between the early Greeks and the people of Troy that led to the destruction of the city Troy, and countless deaths. The beautiful queen, Helen of Troy, is considered by many to be the main villainess of this war. However, some people think that she was a victim of the feud between two men that was beyond her control. To decide whether she was an innocent bystander or the sole cause of the war, we need to know her role during the ten-year long war.
Most of us think that the Trojan War has its roots in the feud created by Prince of Troy, Prince, when he abducted Helen, the beautiful wife of King Menelaus of Sparta. Although it is partly true, the Trojan War actually has its connection in the marriage between Peleus and Thetis, a sea-goddess. Eris, the goddess of discord, wasn’t invited to their marriage. She was outraged. She threw a golden apple onto the table in the wedding banquet, and said that it belonged to the fairest. The goddesses, Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite reached for the apple. Zeus declared that the most beautiful man, Paris, would be the judge. He agreed. The goddesses tried to bribe him; Hera promised him power, Athena promised him wealth, and Aphrodite promised him the most beautiful woman in the world. Paris took Aphrodite’s side, and she promised him that Helen would be his wife. Later Paris set off for Sparta to conquer Helen. King Menelaus treated him as a royal guest. But when Menelaus left his kingdom to attend a funeral, Paris abducted Helen. In Troy, Helen and Paris were married.
Reasonably, Menelaus was outraged to find that news. He requested all of Helen's old suitors to go to war since they all had made an oath to back Helen's husband to defend her honor. But many of them refused to go to war. One of the suitor’s Cinyras, king of Paphos, promised Agamemnon fifty ships for the Greek fleet. He fulfilled his promise by sending fifty ships. But here is the catch- forty-nine of the fifty ships were toy clay ships with tiny clay sailors that dissembled soon after being placed in the ocean. The Greek fleet set off, under Agamemnon's inspection, in search of Troy. The first nine years of the war took place against Troy and its neighboring regions as they were supporting troy with supplies. The Greeks destroyed the Trojan economy and gathered a huge amount of resources. This war resulted in the death of many famous warriors and heroes such as Hector, Patroclus. But the Greeks were still unable to break down the walls of Troy. Then...

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