The Trojan War Essay

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"The Trojan War"

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AbstractThe purpose of this project is to explain how the Trojan War came about and explain its role in the downfall of the City of Troy. Although this project does contain mythological components such as Zeus and Hera, one must consider that in the time Before Christ, many people believed greatly in the influence of gods and goddesses.The model of the Trojan horse is to stimulate a replica of what the actual horse looked like.Has one ever heard of the fall of the great city of Troy? Or even heard about the mighty warriors and princes such as Achilles ...view middle of the document...

On the marriage day of Peleus and Thetis, Thetis had to throw a golden apple into the crowd of gods and goddesses that attended the wedding. Engraved on this apple was, "To the Fairest". Immediately the Goddesses Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena all reached for the apple and couldn't decide who was the most glamorous. So they went to King of all Gods and Goddesses, Zeus, to make the decision. Zeus knew if he would choose between the three, two of them would seek revenge against him, so he decided to choose a mortal. He went to Mount Ida and found Prince Paris herding sheep and told him to choose between the three goddesses. Paris was very hesitant on his decision so each of the goddesses decided to make his decision a lot easier. They each offered gifts. Hera offered to give him power and complete control over Asia. Athena offered to give him great wisdom in his battles and to make him to most strategic person in all of the land. Aphrodite offered Paris love. She offered him the most beautiful woman in the land. Paris wanted to be loved by the most beautiful woman in the land, which was Helen. He agreed to it and gave Aphrodite the Golden Apple and then the two went to Greece and kidnapped Helen.Menelaus and his brother Agamemnon began building an army of warriors with the city of Aulis. These armies were led by some of the greatest heroes such as Achilles, Patroclus, Diomedes, and Odysseus. Agamemnon believed if he sacrificed his daughter, Iphigenia to Artemis.He sacrificed her and then they set sail for Troy.Finding Troy proved difficult and the Greek fleet at first landed in Mysia. According to Herodotus, the Greeks were under the impression that Helen had been taken by the Teuthranians. The Teuthranians denied that they had Helen. This made the Greeks place a siege on the city .The Greeks ultimately won, but suffered heavy casualties at the hands of Telephus, the king of the Teuthranians. At the end, the Greeks were still without Helen. Telephus, in the course of the war, was wounded by Achilles. With nowhere else to turn, the Greeks returned home. Telephus had been told by an oracle that only the person who wounded him could cure him. Achilles agreed to help cure him and Telephus told the Greeks how to get to Troy.Odysseus and Menelaus were sent as ambassadors to King Priam of Troy. They demanded Helen and the stolen treasure be returned. King Priam refused, and Odysseus and Menelaus returned to the Greek ships with the announcement that war was inevitable.The first nine years of the war consisted of both war in Troy and war against the neighboring regions. The Greeks realized that Troy was getting supplies by its neighboring kingdoms, so Greeks were sent to defeat these areas. The Greeks tried destroying the Trojan economy. With these battles, the Greeks gathered a large amount of resources and other spoils of war, including women. The Greeks won many important battles and the Trojan, Hector, fell as well as the Trojan ally Penthesilea....

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