Homer’s ‘Iliad’ gives us the archetypal war. Believed to have been written by the 7th century BC, it speaks of the beautiful Helen being ‘carried off’ by Paris, son of King Priam of Troy.
Helen’s brother-in-law thus raises a coalition force of ancient Greeks to get her back. But little does Agamemnon know how long the Trojan War will last. With over a thousand ships assembled to carry the Greek heroes, the siege of Troy goes on for nine years. A complete stalemate, eventually the Greek warrior, Achilles, withdraws. This gives Paris’s brother, Hector, the chance he needs, and he attacks. The Greeks are pushed back, but then Achilles rejoins the war, the Trojans flocking back, once more, behind their city walls.
The war going nowhere, the Greeks eventually hatch a little plot. Thus, one day the Greeks disappear, as if they have abandoned the siege, leaving only a wooden horse as tribute outside the city gates. That night the Trojans pull the wooden horse into the city and, as they sleep, Greek special forces climb out of the hollow body of the horse and open the gates. The Greeks storm in and the war is won.
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