The Trojan War

May 22, 2012 | In: Ancient Battles

Probably the most famous battle in ancient history, the Trojan War still remains in our minds like one full of courage and extraordinary military strategy, not only for a time that’s long been gone, but also with appliance in modern days.

Of course, the most interesting thing about this war is not the military excellence during the actual war, but of course, the scheme represented by The Trojan Horse.

I feel it is my duty to tell you how the events climbed and ultimately changed the results with the help of a statue.

First of all, I want to say that Ancient Greece built its powers, cities and soldiers with a strong belief in gods and goddesses. The Trojan War is very beautiful illustrated in Iliad and the Odyssey, both wrote by Homer, probably the best writer of ancient times.

In his books we find out that The Trojan War started as a conflict between the goddesses. After long argues and fights, the conflict ended with The Judgment of Paris, where Paris awards a golden apple to the Goddess of Beauty, Aphrodite. In return, Aphrodite promised Paris the most beautiful woman in the World, named Helen, known also as the face that launched a thousand ships. The problem was that Helen was already taken by others. For the gods, it didn’t matter, but history shows us that for mere mortals it very much did. The Big problem is that Helen was married with King Menelaus of Sparta. Long story short, Paris got to Sparta and abducted Helen. For a while, Sparta did not manage to understand where his wife got to. It is known that Helen didn’t love Menelaus, who was a terrible brute, and did run away from him in the past; but always for a short while. But rumors made their way to Menelaus’s ears and soon he found out that the beautiful Helen was abducted by Paris.

Like I said, the Spartan Queen missed several times in the past, but was also abducted by Theseus, but then she wasn’t married to Menelaus. Above all that, she was courted almost by all the Greek leaders. But when Menelaus finally married Helen, we made all the Greek leaders swear they would help him in case his wife would be abducted.

At this point we meet one important character of the story, King Agamemnon, who showed up to help his brother, Menelaus. With many, many forces and ships on their side, the two royal brothers set sail for the city of Troy to win back Helen.

You can imagine the following war was an astounding one, but maybe we’ll talk about it in another article. What interests us is what happened after both armies ended their battle. With no clear winner, both sides wanted to find a way through which they could finally win. This is where the story gets interesting: Odysseus, the King of Ithaca, came up with the idea of building a big wooden horse, big enough to house a bunch of Greek soldiers.

The main idea was that the horse was presented as a gift, in honor for the winners.

At night, the Trojan Horse was introduced through the city walls. When they saw it, the Trojans took the gift as a declaration of peace. They were very happy and continued their party. After they all got to sleep, the Greek soldiers got out of the Trojan Horse, and after killing the guards, signaled for the other Greeks to enter the city.

After that, a big battle commenced and finally, the Greeks won. All Trojan men were killed and all Trojan women were made slaves.

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