The Trojan war and the historical reality behind it

The historic Trojan War

Many have spoken about the historic war “Trojan War”. Professionals like Archaeologists, and other branches of science have tried to discover the reality behind the legendary war. In fact for hundreds of years people have tried to decode the legend of the Trojan War. Lo and behold, Archaeologists have found the historic Troy. What about the Trojan War?

In this article, ajonafrica.com will discuss the Trojan War and the history behind it.

The Trojan War is an ancient legendary conflict between the ancient Greeks and the people of Troy in western Anatolia. The war is dated back to the 12th or 13th century B.C.E. As a result of the mastermind tricks exhibited  in the war, it stirred the imagination of the ancient Greeks more than any other event in their history and  the war was celebrated  in the “Iliad” and “Odyssey” of Homer.

In the traditional accounts, Paris, son of the Trojan king, ran off with Helen, wife of Menelaus of Sparta, whose brother Agamemnon then led a Greek expedition against Troy. The ensuing war lasted 10 years, finally ending when the Greeks pretended to withdraw, leaving behind them a large wooden horse with a raiding party concealed inside. When the Trojans brought the horse into their city, the hidden Greeks opened the gates to their comrades, who then sacked Troy, massacred its men, and carried off its women. This version was recorded centuries later; the extent to which it reflects actual historical events is not known.

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After the Greeks defeated Troy, the people of Greece triumphantly made their journey home. It took Odysseus 10 years to make the arduous and often interrupted-journey home to Ithaca which is recounted in the story of “Odyssey”. Helen two successive husbands were killed during the war and she returned to Sparta to rule Menelaus. After her death, some say she was exiled to the island of Rhodes. At Rhodes a vengeful widow hanged her.

In the account of the Trojan War, little is known about the historical Homer, Historians says the Iliad could have been completed in 730 B.C and that of Odyssey to about 725 B.C .