The Trojan War

The Trojan War occurs in the generation following the great heroes, such as Heracles and Perseus.  These men were not the the equals of their fathers, yet this tale far eclipses the feats and deeds of the previous generations due to sheer magnitude.

In the Trojan war, the Greeks unite against a common enemy, the city of Troy.  All the best men from Greece, as well as the Amazon women, sail from their homes to fight in Asia for ten years.  It is also a tale told in a completely different style than the heroic myths.  The Trojan War can be viewed as the greatest tragedy ever written.  While victory over the Trojans is a great triumph for the Greeks, it leads to the deaths of Greece's best warriors.  In the end, it leads to the downfall of Mycenaean Greece itself.

My primary source for this section is Homer and his Iliad, which deals primarily with the wrath of Achilles during the tenth year of the war, and the Odyssey, which is the tale of Odysseus' voyage home.  For other tales from the Trojan War, I rely heavily upon the great Greek tragedians, such as Aeschylus and Sophocles, and Apollodorus, who wrote extensively upon mythology.

Troy

The Golden Apple

The Trojans/The Greeks

Iphigeneia at Aulis

The Early War

The Rage of Achilles

The Death of Ajax

The Fall of Troy