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The Hysterical History of the Trojan War-Character Background
Transcript of The Hysterical History of the Trojan War-Character Background
Troy Daughter of Zeus and Leda, step-daughter of King Tyndareus, wife of Menelaus and sister of Castor, Polydeuces, and Clytemnestra. Her abduction by Paris brought about the Trojan War. Cassandra She can see the future, but no one will listen to her. Sister of Paris and Hector. Apollo liked her and gave her the ability to see the future, but when she refused his advances he made it so no one would ever listen to her. Agamemnon Son of King Atreus and Queen Aerope of Mycenae, the brother of Menelaus, the husband of Clytemnestra, and the father of Electra and Orestes. Mythical legends make him the king of Mycenae or Argos, thought to be different names for the same area. When Helen, the wife of Menelaus, was abducted by Paris of Troy, Agamemnon commanded the united Greek armed forces in the ensuing Trojan War. Ajax Spartan warrior who uses muscles rather than brains. Athena Poseidon His main domain is the ocean, and he is called the "God of the Sea". Additionally, he is referred to as "Earth-Shaker" due to his role in causing earthquakes, and has been called the "tamer of horses". Paris Son of Priam, king of Troy, appears in a number of Greek legends. Probably the best-known was his elopement with Helen, queen of Sparta, this being one of the immediate causes of the Trojan War. Greek king of Ithaca and the hero of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey. Odysseus also plays a key role in Homer's Iliad as a Greek warrior. He's know for his wit and intelligence. Hector Prince of Troy and brother of Paris and Cassandra. As the first-born son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba, he was a prince of the royal house and the heir apparent to his father's throne. He was married to Andromache and was the leader of the Trojans. "Father of Gods and men" who rules the Olympians of Mount Olympus as a father rules the family. He is the god of sky and thunder in Greek mythology. Zeus Homer The author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, and is revered as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature. Patroclus Cousin of and beloved comrade/brother-in-arms of Achilles. The relationship contributes to the overall theme of the humanization of Achilles. Is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, just warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. Minerva, Athena's Roman incarnation, embodies similar attributes. Menelaus A legendary king of Mycenaean Sparta, the husband of Helen of Troy, and a central figure in the Trojan War. He was the son of Atreus and Aerope, and brother of Agamemnon.