What was the Trojan war?
The Trojan war in Greek mythology was a war between the Greeks and the people of Troy. The Greek's ravaged Troy's surrounding areas for nine years but Hector and other sons of the royal household held the city itself. Finally the Greeks built the Trojan horse and put a small group of warriors inside while the others appeared to sail away. With the horse inside, the Warriors opened the city gate and Troy was destroyed.
How did the war start and end?
The war began in 1194 BC when the Trojan prince "Paris" abducted Helen, the wife of Menelaus of Sparta. The Trojans refused to return Helen so Menelaus persuaded his brother Agamemnon to lead an army against Troy. The war ended around 1184 BC when they left the Trojan horse at Troy and destroyed the city.
Who were the major players in the Trojan war?
The major players in the war were Odysseus a wise Greek warrior who thought of the Trojan horse. Aeneas. The only surviving Trojan warrior. Diomedes, one of the greatest Greek warriors. Achilles, the greatest Greek warrior. And Patroclus, Achilles best friend who was killed by Hector.
How does the odyssey relate to the Trojan war?
The odyssey is the story about Odysseus' ten year battle to get home after the Trojan war. Odysseus had to fight mystical creatures and face the wrath from the gods. Odysseus' wife Penelope and his son Telemachus have to turn away suitors who seek Penelope's hand in marriage and Ithaca's throne long enough for Odysseus to come back and reclaim the throne. Odysseus fought in the Trojan war for nine years, almost as long as he was sailing across the ocean to return to Ithaca. All in all he was away from his home and family for about twenty years.
Who is Homer?
Homer was a Greek poet who was born sometime between the 12th and 8th centuries BC, it is possible he was born on the coast of Asia Minor. He is famous because of his epic poems the Iliad and the odyssey, both of which had a large affect on western culture. Still, very little is known about the author of these epic poems.