Trojan War Essay

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UNIT 2: LESSON 11 ASSIGNMENT The Trojan War The Trojan War was the greatest conflict in the Greek mythology, a war that was to influence people in literature and arts of centuries. The war was fought between the Greeks and Trojans with their allies, upon a Phrygian City of Troy on Asia Minor. The war lasted for ten years and it was been traditionally dated from 1194 to 1184 B.C. The first nine years of the war consisted of both war in Troy and war against the neighboring regions. The Greeks realized that Troy was being supplied by its neighboring kingdoms, so Greeks were sent to defeat these areas. As well as destroying Trojan economy, these battles let the Greeks gather a large amount of resources and other spoils of war, including women (e.g., Briseis, Tecmessa and Chryseis).The Greeks won many important battles and the Trojan hero Hector fell, as did the Trojan ally Penthesilea. However, the Greeks could not break down the walls of Troy. Patroclus was killed and, soon after, Achilles was felled by Paris. The Trojan War was said to be a myth although some scholars may believe that it had probably happened in truth. There are some reasons that exist to believe that this war occurred. These are: We now know a great deal about the Trojans' enemies in that conflict, the Mycenaeans. These people lived in Bronze Age Greece in small kingdoms centered on palaces. In particular, we know that there was a great palace citadel at Mycenae where a King Agamemnon could have ruled. And at Pylos, where Carl Blegen excavated after his work at Troy, there is a palace which could have been that of Nestor. We know from some objects found at Troy that they traded with the Mycenaeans. Trade relations could have gone sour, leading to conflict. The Trojans were allies to a greater power to the east, the Hittites. Several Hittite clay tablets survive which show how wars could

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