viernes, 24 de abril de 2015

April 24: Today is considered the traditional date of the fall of Troy in 1184 before Christ.

The Horse of Troy

Based on the myths, the Trojan War happened during the Bronze Age, even though it was written in the Archaic Age. (The Mycenaeans are connected to the Trojan War as Agamemnon was from Mycenae.)

This map shows the proximity of Troy to the Greeks, based on the myths.

Many of the stories that make up Greek mythology center around the Trojan War, the 10-year conflict in which Greeks under Agamemnon destroy the city of Troy in Asia Minor - that as revenge for the theft of Helen by Paris, a Trojan prince.

Map of Greece and Anatolia

The Trojan war is the legendary event that famously sends countless heroes, including the peerless Achilles, to an early grave. Even many of those who survive the war die soon after its conclusion - notably, Agamemnon.

“The Trojan War, fought between Greeks and the defenders of the city of Troy in Anatolia sometime in the late Bronze Age, has grabbed the imagination for millennia. A conflict between Mycenaeans and Hittites may well have occurred, but its representation in epic literature such as Homer’s Iliad is almost certainly more myth than reality…”

Hector, prince of Troy versus Achilles a Greek hero of the Trojan War

“…Nevertheless, it has defined and shaped the way ancient Greek culture has been viewed right up to the 21st century CE. The story of gods and heroic warriors is perhaps one of the richest single surviving sources from antiquity and offers insights into the warfare, religion, customs, and attitudes of the ancient Greeks.”

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