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The 10 year War in the Iliad

Posted by seshdotcom on June 29, 2009

The 10-year war in The
Iliad begins when Paris,
son of Trojan king Priam, is
called upon to judge a
beauty contest between
the goddesses Aphrodite,
Hera, and Athena. All
three offer Paris bribes,
but Aphrodite’s is the most
tempting. She promises
him the hand of the beautiful
Helen—who is the
wife of Menelaus, the
Greek king. Menelaus
launches an expedition to
recover her, assisted by legendary warriors
Achilles, Odysseus, Ajax, Nestor, and Menelaus’
brother Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and
commander-in-chief of the expedition. The Trojan
side is led by Hector, Paris’ brother.

This is for the people who are very new to the Hellene Stories:

Some Characters in this post:

1.Penelope:The wife of Odysseus and a symbol of devotion and fidelity

2.Odysseus:a famous mythical Greek hero

3.Ajax:A mythical Greek hero; a warrior who fought against Troy in the Iliad

4.Priam: The last king of Troy; father of Hector and Paris and Cassandra

5.Menelaus:The king of Sparta at the time of the Trojan War and also the brother of Agamemnon and more importantly husband of Helen

6.Achilles:A mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; a foremost Greek warrior at the siege of Troy

7.Nestor:A counselor to the Greeks at Troy

8.Aphrodite:Goddess of love and beauty and daughter of Zeus in ancient mythology

9.Helen: The beautiful daughter of Zeus and Leda who was abducted by Paris

10.Paris:The prince of Troy who abducted Helen from her husband Menelaus and started the trojan War

11.Athena:Goddess of wisdom and useful arts and prudent warfare; guardian of Athens

12.Hera:Sister and wife of Zeus remembered for her jealously of the many mortal women Zeus fell in love with also the queen of Olympian Gods

Other short notes on Achilles why was he weak in his heal???:

When he was a baby his mother(thetis) tried to make him immortal by bathing him in a magical river  Styx but the heel by which she held him remained vulnerable——his ‘Achilles’ heel’

Beauty contest results in war:

Hello to the Greek people!!! 🙂 I would like to write something about the 10-year war in The Iliad which was the very interesting section and the section which never Bores you and so it begins when Paris, son of Trojan king Priam(Who is also the father of Hector and Cassandra), is called upon to judge a beauty contest between the goddesses Aphrodite, Hera, and Athena. All three offer Paris bribes, but Aphrodite’s is the most tempting. She promises him the hand of the beautiful Helen—who is the wife of Menelaus, the Greek king. Menelaus launches an expedition to recover her, assisted by legendary warriors Achilles, Odysseus, Ajax, Nestor, and Menelaus’ brother Agamemnon, king of Mycenae and commander-in-chief of the expedition. The Trojan side is led by Hector, Paris’ brother.

The story narrates many conflicts within the ranks of the Trojans and the Greeks, including actions the gods frown upon that cause the battle to tilt one way or another. Finally, the long siege is ended when Achilles kills Hector. The Odyssey is an account of Odysseus’s trip home to Ithaca. It should have been a brief trip—just across the Aegean Sea and around the southern coast of Greece—but it ended up being a 10-year journey.

Along the way he and his men encountered an island inhabited by the Cyclopes, the one-eyed giant. They visited Hades(The God of death and has an army called Hades Shades), the underworld, and saw their fallen friends from the Trojan War. They put wax in their ears as they sailed past the beautiful but deadly singing of the Sirens, and farther on their ship had to sneak past a six-headed monster called the hydra.After more adventures,only Odysseus survived to return to Ithaca. He then had to reclaim his wife and kingship after a 20- year absence. In his absence, suitors had pressed his wife, Penelope, for marriage, claiming Odysseus must be dead. The Bow and arrow of Odysseus helped her to see him again and he cleared everyone

I wish to write more about Aphrodite and Achilles–In future you can see more..There is avery Big story of how the Styx river formed so stay tuned…

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