History Behind the Odyssey

What was the Trojan War?

The Trojan War was a war between two kingdoms called Troy and Mycenaean Greece during the late Bronzen Age. The war lasted for 10 years and was eventually won by Mycenaean Greece.

How did the war start and end?

The war started when the queen of Sparta, Helen, was abduction by the Trojan prince, Paris. This lead to Menelaus (Helen's wife) to convince his brother Agamemnon to go retrieve her. The war ended when the Greece build a giant wooden horse with their men inside. And wait until midnight to retrieve Helen and burn down Troy which ended the war.

Who were the major players in the war?

The people who played a major role were...

  • Helen -Queen of Sparta
  • Menelaus-husband of Helen
  • Odysseus -brave warrior
  • Agamemnon -leader of the Greeces
  • Achilles -greatest and fastest hero
  • Hector -greatest warrior in Troy
  • Paris -prince of Troy

How does the Odyssey relate to it?

The Odyssey is related to the Trojan War because the poem is the after match of the Trojan War. Another way they relate is that the main character Odysseus was a warrior who fought in the Trojan War.

Who is Homer?

Homer was a Greece poet who was born between the 12th and 8th century BC. He is the author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, however it is uncertain about who Homer actually was. Some say that he was one person and others say that it was a group of people.

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Created with images by MCAD Library - "Troilos Slain by Achilles, drawing after interior tondo of an Attic red-figure kylix"

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