The Greek forces won the Trojan War. The story of the war is a cornerstone of Greek legend, and pervaded Greek literature and culture. Though the evidence for the Trojan War as historical fact is scarce, it was a formative event in Greek cultural memory, producing some of the classical world’s most famous heroes and narratives. The War was won, Helen was retrieved from Paris, whose violation of ξενία was redressed, the heroes attained the κλέος that many of them fought for – and yet the positive outcomes of the Trojan War are difficult to grasp. For the victims of the Trojan War, the tragedy is obvious; the War ended in genocide and total cultural destruction. But such a war, burnt into legend, should have left the victors far better off; and yet, the Greek heroes only suffer because of it. They die tragic, dishonourable deaths; their households are left in ruin; their families are torn apart. From both modern and classical perspectives, the Trojan War is a tragedy, a “harrowing destruction of life” (Euripides, Andromache, 291). The victory is pyrrhic, the loss of life is horrific, the reparations non-existent.
The Trojan War is described as one of histories most legendary battles. This battle is told to have lasted ten years, resulting in the eventual collapse of Troy, under the siege of Greek forces. Modern knowledge of the Trojan War has survived mainly through the account given in Homer’s Illiad, and while having proved to be a rich source of inspiration for other writers, artists, and even filmmakers in recent history, much speculation still exists surrounding his account. I will analyze modern interpretations of the Trojan War and examine both speculation and support for Homer’s account. Concluding with sufficient evidence that has been collected surrounding this epic battle, proving Homer’s account of a massive battle between these two powerful city states to not be just a tale of myth and legend, but actual history.
There are many hero stories in Greek mythology. Many of these can be interpreted as metaphors when making comparisons to the lives and encounters people today experience. Many Greek myths influenced important pieces of historic literature which have made it easier for people to find their own ways of making these personal connections and better understanding their lives. The Trojan war involved several heroes however Achilles is one that can easily be related to many athletes. Achilles role in the Trojan war has many common themes that can be related to the story of Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel and his journey to the National Football Leauge. Both hero and athlete were considered saviours, they were both very emotional men, and lastly they both enjoyed great success before experiencing failure through their different achilles heels.
Helen of Troy, also known as the face that launched a thousand ships, is a Greek character known for being the most beautiful woman in the Greek mythological world. Her beauty was a cause worth fighting for, and in some cases, losing lives for. Yet, there is more to Helen than meets the eye. Two authors, Edgar Allan Poe and Hilda Doolittle, describe Helen in two completely distinct ways in their poems. Poe describes Helen as a goddess, while Doolittle describes Helen as physically and internally hideous. According to Poe, Helen’s beauty causes not only all of Greece, but all of Rome as well, to worship her like the goddess she resembles. Doolittle, however, narrates Helen as the person that Greece hates for all the suffering and loss that she made them go through. Poe presents Helen as someone who makes a whole country and another city feel like they are in heaven, while Doolittle presents Helen as the person responsible for leaving all of Greece in a state of despair, and essentially, living in hell. Poe uses his poem to describe Helen as someone who left people with their jaw open in admiration while Doolittle uses her poem to describe Helen as someone who has left the society that fought for her in a state of distress.
After the readings, I believe that there was not a historical Trojan War. I believe Homer’s poems were historically inaccurate and just a fictional form of writing. These poems were mythical and made as a story for the public. Also, archaeological evidence fails to show proof of a major war, but instead shows that Troy may have been a major trade center which can cause tension and conflict between societies.
One of of the causes or reasons that the Trojan War happened was when the youngest of Troy, Paris, have dishonoured all the means of hospitality by running off with Helen the wife of the king of Sparta, King Menelaus. This got the king angry because of his decision he decided to go to his brother King Agamemnon, for his assistance. King Agamemnon finally had the chance to take overTroy as it was always what he wanted but however he was frequently stopped by his brother and however given by thin opportunity, he took it and finally took over this beautiful city. Helen of Sparta is referred to in Homer's writings to have had the face that launched a thousand believed to be the most beautiful woman during the time.
In the Iliad, Homer tells a story of a brutal nine year war between the Trojans and the Greeks. The two sides, with blessed champions on both sides, are fighting over Helen, the most beautiful mortal woman ever born. In addition, both sides fight for glory, as Ancient Greek society valued success in battle and the amount of spoils one brings back from war. While Hector and Paris both are champions of Troy, and share a noble pedigree, the two heros show a different set of priorities on the battlefield; Hector wishing to return to the battlefield as soon as possible, while Paris takes his time. Ultimately, Homer suggests that the value of a warrior rides on his dedication to his cause.
once in ancient Greece, there was the mighty Trojans and the Greeks. the Greeks needed a way to defeat the Trojans. the Greeks came up with a devious plan. they came up to the mighty city of troy. they made a giant wooden horse as a ''present''to the troys. the troys took the horse happily. in the middle of the night when everyone was asleep the Greeks dropped out of the horse and killed the Trojans while they slept. ns. the Greeks celebrated after they defeated the Trojans. The Trojans got cocky and started to think that nobody could beat them. Then the Greeks even though they had a small army defeated them with ease and knew there limits. Soon the Greeks that defeated the Trojans would get beat by the mighty empire of
This section start off with Anaxandra and Andromache visiting a pasture. There they meet Hector and the king of Lemnos, Euneus. Interested in the horses, Anaxandra asked Euneus to take her for a ride, so he did. As they were riding, love filled the air as they grew affection for each other. They finished off the ride with a kiss. Then Anaxandra and Andromache went to go visit a Trojan princess named Cassandra. Cassandra was locked up in a cell because everyone thought she was crazy because she could tell the future. Anything that Cassandra said, no one believed her even though her predictions were never wrong. The next morning Euneus left because he wanted to stay neutral in the coming war. Her heart was broken, but Anaxandra stayed behind
Our Trojan War is a unique theatrical production that uses scenes from ancient texts written by Sophocles, Homer, Plato and Euripides, to discuss modern political questions on democracy. The opening scene, “In the First Version of the Story,” introduces the audience to a procession of U.S. soldiers who are dressed in camouflage. Each soldier presents a different view of Odysseus at war. In their differing points of view, Odysseus is sometimes seen as a hero while at other times he is seen as a disgrace. The group of U.S. soldiers is sent on a mission to search a home in the Middle East. The soldiers break into the house of a teacher and find a collection of hidden books of the most renounced ancient texts. After the teacher is criticized for
I think that the overarching theme of the Trojan War stories is revenge. The Greeks wanted revenge on the Trojans because they stole Helen from them. Achilles wanted revenge on Hector for killing his close friend. I think that the there is a theme of revenge in the Returns from the War, however I do not believe it is overarching the main them. That being patients, persistence and heart get you to where you need and want to be.
This was basically a conflict going on with the two kingdoms many years ago, The Trojans and the Greek. They’ve been at war for a pretty long time. Why you ask? Well the Trojans captured the Greek Princess named Helen in their city of Troy. Anyways the Greeks been trying to find a way to defeat the Trojan kingdom and get the Princess back. The Greeks camped on a beach near the city hoping to get in but, they failed after days, weeks, and months to get inside of the big strong walls on the Trojan kingdom. It was impossible. They then began to stop trying to defeat them with their physical strength, but with their brains. A very brave Greek soldier named Odysseus had a smart idea. It was to build and hide in a giant horse and once the Trojans
Typically, Greek mythology, including Homer's epics, note particular "characteristics" of femininity. Although there is very little said about the attractiveness of gods and heroic men, beauty seems to be noted among most myths pertaining to goddesses, women, and other feminine creatures. The Gorgons were noted for being outcasts because of their ugliness. Intelligence is another trait associated with women. Many goddesses devised schemes to help which ever mortal they favored. By handing Achilles the spear, Achilles knows that he is to kill Hector. Magical powers also seem to attributed to femininity in Greek myths. Circe and the Sirens were known for their magic found in The Odyssey were known for their
In the epic The Iliad, Helen is one of the main characters. Helen is brought into the epic when Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena are arguing over who is the best and most beautiful goddess. This fight comes up when they see the apple that says “to the fairest” on it and they all think they deserve the apple. When Zeus is asked who is the best, he cannot decide and doesn’t want to get involved in an argument, so Paris is asked to make the decision. All three of the ladies state their great qualities to try and persuade Paris to choose them. Hera offers Paris power and to be a ruler. Athena tells Paris she will make him a great warrior. Aphrodite tells Paris she will give him the most beautiful woman in the world. Paris decides to choose Aphrodite’s offer. Paris hands Aphrodite the apple and requests to have his prize. Helen is the most beautiful woman in the world, but she is married to Menelaus. Menelaus is the Spartan king. In The Iliad, Helen is seen as a sad victim who is forced to leave her home and husband. Other artists and authors have different views on Helen’s personality. Helen can be portrayed in many different ways and her personality can be shown through multiple forms of art.
Andromache vengefully curses Helen, calling her an “evil incarnate, a curse on both barbarians and Greeks” and one whose “beautiful eyes brought ugly destruction to the noble fields of Phrygia” (Euripides. TTW.781-783). As a female, soon to be slave of Greek enemy forces, she knows she can do no more than curse; at this point in the time, she must accept a fate of servitude or death.