The History Behind the Odyssey Chele Ang

What was the Trojan War?
  • The Trojan War, the battle between Mycenaean Greeks and people of the kingdom of Troy, occurred during the Bronze Age around 1,180 B.C.
How did the war start and end?
  • The Trojan War started with the abduction of Queen Helen, wife of Menelaus of Sparta, by the Trojan Prince Paris due to a promise that Aphrodite had made when she won a bet on who was the fairest of three goddesses (Hera, Athena and Aphrodite herself.) The Trojan War ended once Odysseus brought in the wooden horse (which is explained further down the slides below.)
Who were the major players in the war?
  • Agamemnon, Ajax, Andromache, Cassandra, Clytemnestra, Hector, Hecuba, Helen, Menelaus, Odysseus, Patroclus, Penelope, Priam and Sarpedon were all significant characters in the Trojan War.
How does the Odyssey relate to it?
  • The Odyssey derived from the main hero of the battle, Odysseus himself. This is because of the fact that he brought in a colossal wooden horse to fit all the Greek soldiers in order to defeat the Trojans.
Who is Homer?
  • Homer was not only the author for his great works, The Iliad & The Odyssey, but he was a poet who has left such a distinct yet mysterious impact on the world of history and literature. Take the Odyssey for example, the story had a very lyrical feel to it rather than that of Shakespeare's or Virgil's work.

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