Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Trojan War

How did it start?

Around 1200 B.C Paris prince of Troy ran off with Menelaus wife Helen, Menelaus got an army together including Odysseus and Achilles. (One man, Cinyras King of Paphos promised to send 50 ships, this he did, but only one of the ships was real, the others were toy models.) These men sailed (Or tried to sail) to Troy, and laid siege to it.

Who won?

The Greeks, King Menelaus. After ten years.
Achilles killed Hector and then Odysseus had a huge hollow wooden horse built which he and thirty of his best soldier’s climbed inside. The rest of the Greeks sailed away, leaving Sinon behind, giving the appearance of giving up and going home.
Sinon convinced the Trojans that the Greeks were gone and that they should pull the horse inside. Once the horse was inside Troy the Trojan’s threw a party and later on when everyone was either drunk or asleep they jumped out and slaughtered everyone.

Who were the main characters?

Paris, he was the prince of Troy and the most handsome man alive and he was in love with Helen.

Helen, married to Menelaus king of the Greeks, most beautiful woman alive.

Priam, king of Troy, father of Paris.

Odysseus, king of Ithaca, former suitor of Helen, hero in the Greek army, built the wooden horse.

Achilles was the prince of Phthia and Thetis, he was a legendary hero in the Greek army. Killed by Paris

Hector, Troy’s greatest warrior, Paris brother. Killed by Achilles.

Dan B

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