The Myth Of The Trojan War
By Lela S.
According to the ancient Greek epic poet Homer, the Trojan War was caused by Paris, son of the Trojan king, and Helen, wife of the Greek king Menelaus, when they went off together to Troy. To get her back, Menelaus sought help from his brother Agamemnon, who assembled a Greek army to defeat Troy. This war lasted 10 years, but eventually, the Greeks began to realize this was a losing battle. The great wall around Troy was too hard to scale, and every gate was guarded. Ares and his sister Athena then devised a plan. They constructed a large wooden horse that was hollow, so they could hide soldiers inside. Once it was finished, the Greeks pretended to wirthdraw from the battle, leaving behind the wooden horse as a “parting gift”. The Trojans danced and drank, partied and feasted all night long. Then, in the middle of the night, the hidden soldiers attacked. The drunk and woozy citizens of Troy were unprepared to fight. The Greeks then sacked Troy, massacred its men, and carried off its women, and that is the myth of the Trojan War.