Illiad: The Evidence Behind Movie Myth

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The story of the Trojan horse is quite a well-known tale. To summarize, the Greeks brought the Trojans the gift of a colossal wooden horse, but the horse was filled with soldiers prepared to attack the Trojan empire. "Why did the Greeks want to destroy Troy?" one might ask. The answer to that question is rather perplexing. The epic "Illiad", by Homer, proposes that the feud between was caused when Prince Paris of Troy seized King Menelaus of Greece's wife, Helen, and took her for himself. This ultimately led to a 10 year long war between the Greeks and the Trojans, and the Trojan horse event occurs. But, how do people know that Homer's epic states the truth? There is evidence to support the fact that Troy existed, but did the actual Battle of Troy actually occur? "Is Troy True? The Evidence Behind Movie Myth" by Stefan Lovgren conveys that the Battle of Troy did not happen because of absence of evidence, embarrassment of the Trojans, and likelihood…show more content…
In actuality, there are many theories concerning the destruction of Troy that do not involve a giant wooden horse. One is that Homer, the author of the "Illiad", made up the story of the Battle of Troy, and that there was actually an earthquake instead. According to the article, "'...Homer knew that the city he was describing had been destroyed by an earthquake...But that's not how you want to end your monumental saga-with a whimper'" (Lovgren). It is reasonable that Homer would want to defend Troy, since the concept of the Trojan horse made the Greek offense look strong, and Homer was from Greece. In addition, it was probably humiliating for the Trojan empire to have been up taken by something as mediocre as an earthquake. The idea of writing an epic that not only made the Greeks look good, but at the same time make the Trojans look bad, would have been appealing to

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