All’s Fair in Love and War!

It happened in ancient Greece around 1200 B.C.  It started off as a quarrel between the Greek goddesses Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite after Eris, goddss of discord, gave them an apple (known as the Apple of Discord), that was meant for the fairest in the land.  And who better to judge this beauty contest than Paris, prince of Troy, thought to be the most beautiful man in the world, who was selected by Zeus, father of the gods, for the occasion.  Paris deemed Aphrodite the winner of the apple because she promised to give him the most beautiful woman in the world.  The woman she was referring to was Helen of Troy, wife of Menelaus, king of Sparta.  Working her magic, Aphrodite made Helen fall in love with Paris, who abducted her from Sparta and took her to the city of Troy, where they were married.  And thus was triggered one of the Trojan War, one of the most famous wars in Greek mythology

Outraged by Helen’s kidnapping, Menelaus demanded her return.  When the Trojans refused, Menelaus commissioned his brother Agamemnon, king of Mycenae, to lead an army into Troy to retrieve Helen.  The troops were led by Achilles, the greatest of all Greek heroes.  For ten years, the Greeks waged war against the Trojans and destroyed the surrounding cities, but Troy, protected by fortified walls, was untouched.  Finally, the Greeks devised a strategic plan and built a huge, wooden horse, known as the Trojan horse, which hid a select force of men inside, while the rest of the army pretended to be heading home.  The Trojans then pulled the horse into the city as a victory trophy.  At night, the men crept out of the horse and met the rest of the troops, who had sailed back under cover, at the city gates.  The troops entered the city and Troy was destroyed and left in shambles.  Thus, the Trojan War had come to an end.

Trojan War Helmet:

Trojan War Helmet

The Trojan War took place during a time in history called the Bronze Age, which was characterized by the use of copper and it’s alloy, bronze, as the primary material used in armor, weapons, and tools.  Therefore, the armor used by the Greeks and Trojans would have been constructed heavily of bronze and possibly some leather for protection.  The typical armor worn during the Trojan War would have consisted of a helmet, curass (breastplate and backplate fastened together), greaves (armor to protect the skin), and a weapon called a hoplon (basically a shield).

Royal Corinthian Helmet:

Royal Corinthian Helmet

A masterful display of the Trojan War styles and armor can be seen in the 2004 film Troy.  And if you like what you see, you can also get your hands on your very own Trojan gear at: http://www.historicalclothingrealm.com

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