How it started : There was a grand feast celebrating Peleus' and Thetis' marriage, hosted by the god of gods. All god and important figures were invited, all except the goddess of strife. Her name was Eris. She was stopped at the entrance, by Hermes. Before Eris left she threw a gift on the floor, the apple of discord, saying these last words "to the fairest." 3 goddesses, Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite were fighting to whom the apple should go to. They decided to ask Zeus but Zeus didn't want to pick because he might anger the other two. He made Prince Paris pick who deserved it. All 3 goddesses even showed him their body, when they notice he didn't care, they tried to bribe him. Aphrodite won by telling the prince she can get him the most beautiful girl in the world, Helen of Sparta. Helen was yet already married to Menelaus, chosen by her father. (In summary of the beginning, it started off with Paris and Menelaus fighting to see who was able to win Helen) .
How it ended: Odyssey had a plan, to build a giant hollow horse where they could stay in until the Trojans brought them in. The Trojan ended the war because they thought of the horse as a gift, or a "we come in peace." After all the Trojan fallen asleep from the party they had, Odyssey's army decided to come out of the horse and kill the Trojan army.
Major Players in the War: