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Trojan War and Troy

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HIS 111- Antiquity to 1500
Film Analysis- Troy

Troy is an adaption of the poem written by Homer, also known as the Iliad. The screenplay was written by David Benioff and stars Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Brian Cox, Diane Kruger, and Rose Byrne. It is a brilliant story of love and war produced in 2004. My reason for choosing this film is because of the controversy over what is myth and what is fact regarding the fall of Troy. I find the movie so majestic yet the timeframe of the Iliad was around 1250 B.C. when it doesn’t seem plausible that everything could be so miraculous. The importance of this film is in regards to the city of Troy, the alliances of the Greeks, and the reasoning behind the war in itself. It was made
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Even the weapons used were inaccurate because soldiers used spears, not swords. The entire city of Troy was also not as big as it was portrayed. It didn’t make sense to me that Troy was burned to the ground when the city was known for being made of stone. Some other things were also off base like the story behind the gods and goddesses as well as the soldiers and kings. If you base it off of the myths of Greek gods and goddesses, much of the turmoil was caused because of their doing. They had a huge part in stirring up much of the war because of their influence. Also, Agamemnon couldn’t have united all of those Greek forces because Alexander the Great was the reason for much of those alliances. The relationship between families and also who-killed-who was also off in this film. Achilles died before the siege of Troy and it was in fact his own son who fought in the final war. Hektor didn’t kill Ajax in battle because Ajax committed suicide when he was denied the armor of Achilles by Greek commanders. Patroklos was not Achilles cousin but rather a friend and was also older. Briseis was neither a priestess nor cousin of Hektor and was not from Troy. Also the huge fight between Kektor and Achilles did not happen like the intense battle we saw. Hektor actually ran from Achilles and circled his own city three times before Athena made him face Achilles. Again, much of what I saw in the film was inaccurate, but the plot behind
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