The War's Genesis
The Trojan War's roots lie in a divine dispute. Eris, the goddess of discord, threw a golden apple inscribed 'To the Fairest.' Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite's rivalry for this prize indirectly sparked the war.
Paris's Fateful Choice
Chosen to judge the fairest goddess, Paris, a Trojan prince, favored Aphrodite. She promised him Helen, the most beautiful mortal, who was already married to King Menelaus of Sparta, ultimately leading to the war.
A Thousand Ships Launch
Helen's abduction by Paris inspired the famous phrase 'the face that launched a thousand ships.' Sparta and its allies, including Odysseus and Achilles, sailed to Troy, initiating a ten-year siege.
The Immortal's Interference
The Trojan War was not just a human conflict; gods took sides. Athena, Hera, and Poseidon supported the Greeks, while Aphrodite, Apollo, and Ares backed the Trojans, directly influencing the war's progress.
Trojan Horse Deception
The Greeks' victory came through cunning, not just force. The Trojan Horse, a large wooden structure hiding soldiers, was accepted into Troy as a peace offering. At night, the Greeks emerged, opening the city gates.
Heroic Figures' Tragic Fates
Achilles, known for his invulnerability except for his heel, met his end through an arrow shot by Paris. Hector, Troy's valiant defender, was slain by Achilles, foretelling Troy's downfall.
War's End and Aftermath
Troy's fall marked the war's end, but victory was bittersweet for the Greeks. Odysseus's long, arduous journey home and the eventual fates of the war's heroes added layers of tragedy to the myth.