Odyssey by karle CAmpbell

What was the Trojan War? How did the war start and end?

The Trojan war was considered a myth for the longest time. So long in fact, that it took up to a hundred years to discover that this myth might be true. The legend of the Trojan war starts many different ways. Homer believed it started with the rape of Helen. Another way it began was at a very large wedding. Paris, the prince of the trojans, was given a golden apple. He was to present it to one worthy goddess. In return he would be given something of their choosing. Paris gave the apple to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. In return he was given the love of Helen, even though she loved another. Paris abducted her, taking her back to Troy and making her queen. Both stories agree that Helen had been abducted and both show that this may have been the cause of the war. They say this war lasted for ten years. They say the war ended when the Greeks came up with a brilliant plan. They would build a horse and send it into Troy as a gift. The soldiers would hid inside and then capture the city by overtaking it, inside then out.

Many people searched for Troy, looking for evidence. Heinrich Schliemann discovered remains on the western shore of Asia Minor, where it was thought Troy existed. They later found burned skeletons and signs of an ancient Bronze Age civilization.

Who were the major players in the war?

There were many important people in the war. Here are a few.

  • Achilles
  • Hector
  • Odysseus
  • Paris
  • Diomedes
  • Helenus
  • Ajax
  • Deiphobus
  • Philoctetes
  • Aeneas
  • Neoptolemus
  • Sarpedon
  • Agamemnon
  • Glaucus
  • Orestes
  • Memnon
  • Telemachus
  • Turnus

How does the Odyssey relate to it? Who is Homer?

The Odyssey relates to the Trojan war because of the main character in the Odyssey. Odysseus, the main character in the book, was a skilled fighter and leader in the war for Troy. It also relates because they both have long perilous journeys.

Homer is the writer of the Iliad and the Odyssey. He was born around 12 B.C. and 8 B.C. Homer is considered to be a mystery. He was thought to be blind but no-one truly knows. Many people believe it is one man writing these poetic stories. Others believe it is a group. Ether way, Homer was a big part of Greece and today's literature.

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