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The Trojan War
Transcript of The Trojan War
The Trojan War began because Paris, the Prince of Troy was the judge of a contest between three goddesses. Upon choosing the winner of the contest, he made a decision which began the Trojan war. This decision was to marry Helen, the most beautiful girl in the world, despite the fact that she was already married to the king of Greece. Once they returned to Troy, a war between the Trojans and the Greeks erupted which we now refer to as The Trojan War. The Judgement of Paris
The judgment of Paris began with the wedding of Peleus and Thetis which all gods and goddesses were invited to except Eris who was the goddess of discord. Since she was not invited, she became angry and sent a golden apple to the assembly of goddesses and addressed it to "the fairest." Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena all assumed it was sent to them; so they asked Zeus to judge to whom it belonged to. Zeus led them to Paris of Troy and told him to decide. Each of the goddesses tried to bribe him by offering him gifts. Hera offered power, Athena offered wisdom, and Aphrodite offered Helen, the most beautiful girl in the world.
He decided to choose Aphrodite so that he could claim Helen as his prize. Paris and Helen
Upon choosing Athena as the winner of the contest, Paris is promised he can marry Helen, despite the fact she is already married to the king of Greece, Menelaos. After arriving in Greece to retreve her, it is said that Athena shot Helen with an arrow to make her fall in love with Paris. However, some say Paris kidnapped Helen. Both Troy and Greece were angry about the situation because it caused a lot of problems for both of their city-states. This caused a large dispute between people in Sparta and people in Greece and is one of the most major events that lead up to the Trojan War. Achilles Kills Hector:
Hector, the brother of Paris, mistakenly killed Achilles' beloved cousin Patroclus, thinking it was Achilles. Achilles was furious and challenged Hector to a single combat duel, to the death. As the people of Troy watched from inside the city walls, Achilles brutally slayed Hector and drug his lifeless body back to the Greek army to express his vengeance. After
this happens, the Trojans felt they
had to get revenge on the
Greeks. The Trojan Horse
Toward the end of the Trojan War, Odysseus, a Greek hero, came up with a plan to help the Greeks win the war. Odysseus had a plan to design a hollow wooden horse while he and a group of Greeks hid inside. Sinon, a Greek soldier, was assigned to deliver the horse to the Trojans. The wooden horse was meant to act as a fake peace offering from the Greeks, who pretended to leave the city of Troy. Even though they were warned by many people that it could be a trap, The Trojans opened the gates anyway, and brought the horse inside their city as they celebrated what they thought to be their victory. How it ends
After the Trojan Horse entered the city of Troy, the Greeks waited until the inhabitants of the city fell asleep. Once they were, the Greeks left the horse and conquered the Trojan army which caused them to win the war. Unfortunately, over the course of the war, the Greeks lost a few of their most important solders, including Achilles. Achilles was shot down by Paris of Troy in his only vulnerable spot, the back of his ankle, referred to today as the Achilles Tendon. After ten years of fighting, the victory allowed everyone to return back to their homelands. By: Katie McNamara, Sam Amoss, Lizzy Dalrymple, Ivy Davis