What was the Trojan War?
The Trojan War was a war involving the Greeks and the Trojans. It occurred around the Bronze Age of Greece. The two causes are both mythical and true to life. It involved gods, queens, and armies from exotic and interesting lands.
How did it begin and when did it end?
Trojan War started when, "According to to classical sources, the war began after the abduction (or elopement) of Queen Helen of Sparta by the Trojan prince Paris" (History.com 2). Another theory is that it was Zeus's way to control the growing population in Greece. See? It's both mythical and true to life. It ended when Odysseus and the Greek troops sacked Troy in the Trojan Horse and defeated the Trojans.
How does this relate to the Odyssey and who was Homer?
This relates to the Odyssey for a few reasons. First of all, Odysseus is the main "savior" of the Trojan War as well as the main character of the Odyssey and the Iliad. Not only that, but the Odyssey deals with the aftermath of the Trojan War, focusing on Odysseus's journey home to Ithaca.
Homer was one of the most famous Greek writers of his time, and now. He is most notable for writing The Odyssey and The Iliad
Cartwright, Mark . "Trojan War." Ancient History Encyclopedia. N.p., 15 May 2013. Web. 12 Jan. 2017. <http://www.ancient.eu/Trojan_War/>.
History.com Staff. "Trojan War." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 12 Jan. 2017.
Sakoulas, Thomas. "History of Greece: Bronze Age." History of Greece: Bronze Age. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Jan. 2017.