In Search of the Trojan War
The Trojan War was a war that was fought between the early Greeks, the Mycenaean’s and the people of Troy that lasted approximately ten years. It was a long, bloody, and destructive war that caused numerous tragedies, yet it was also a time for warriors to prove they were heroic and for the gods to step in and help. Although historians believe that many of the Trojan War stories could very well be myths, some historians are still looking for facts to support these stories. In one of the myths it is said that the Trojan horse was used to succeed in battle. Throughout history “The Trojan Horse” surprise attack has been used as a common military tactic by military strategists.
The Trojan War comes to down to us from myths and legends that are now lost. Homer’s Illiad, an epic poem written in the late 8th century, was passed on through oral tradition. The Illiad shows the war of Troy, giving a detailed description of the war in a poetic mannerism. The epic also covers the final and tenth year of the Trojan War. Archaeologists believe that the Trojan War was nothing but a mere legend, but some do believe that the war actually happened according to the evidence found in the area that Troy would have been located around. As the Mycenaean’s fought a ten-year war against the city of Troy, an independent trading city located in Anatolia, ancient Troy appointed a strategic point at the southern entrance to the Dardanelles (Hellespont). This was a narrow strait that linked the Black Sea with the Aegean Sea. The city also appointed a land route that ran along the west Anatolian coast and crossed Dardanelles to the European Shore.
The gods and goddesses are the ones who started the Trojan War as well as the ones who put an end to it. The Trojan War began when Eris, the goddess of Discord, threw a golden apple marked “For the fairest” into a banquet hall at the wedding of King Peleus and Queen Thethis. The contest is...
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