The Trojan War Essay

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Throughout time, men have waged war. Some for power, some for glory, some for honor -- and some for love. There is a legend twenty eight centuries old that narrates of how a queen betrayed her king; and the warrior he called upon to lead the long, long winding journey of vengeance. If love was worth dying for, there is no, no, greater war than this.In ancient Greece, the passion of two of history's most legendary lovers, Paris, Prince of Troy and Helen, Queen of Sparta and the most beautiful woman in Greece, ignites a war that will devastate a civilization. When Paris steals Helen away from her husband, King Menelaus, it is an insult that cannot be suffered. Familial pride says that an affront to Menelaus is an affront to his brother Agamemnon, powerful King of the Myceneans, who soon unites all the massive tribes of Greece to steal Helen back from Troy for his brother's honor.In truth, Agamemnon's pursuit of honor is corrupted by his overwhelming greed -- he needs control of Troy to ensure the supremacy of his vast empire. The walled city, under the leadership of King Prium and defended by mighty hero Prince Hector, is a citadel that no army has been able to defeat. One man alone stands as the key to victory or defeat over Troy -- Achilles believed to be the greatest warrior alive because of his immortality.Arrogant, rebellious and seemingly invincible, Achilles has no allegiance to anyone or anything, save his own glory. It is his insatiable hunger for eternal renown that leads him to attack the gates of Troy under Agamemnon's banner -- but it will be love that ultimately decides his fate.Two worlds will go to war for honor and power. Thousands will fall in quests of glory. And for love, a nation will burn to the ground. The siege of Troy lasted ten years, the first nine of which were uneventful. In the tenth year, Achilles and Agamemnon quarrelled bitterly, and Achilles, in anger, withdrew himself and his forces (the Myrmidons) from any further participation in the war. He asked his mother Thetis, the divine sea nymph, to interfere Trojans help in battle, so that the Greek forces would recognize how foolish Agamemnon had been to offend the best soldier under his command. Agamemnon offered many rewards in pay for his insults. Achilles refused the offer but did say would consider again if Hector and the Trojans ever reached the Greek ships. When Hector did so, Achilles's friend Patroclus begged to be allowed to return to the war. Achilles gave him permission, also giving Patroclus his...

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