Trojan War: West vs. East

Ok recap:
Judgment of Paris: Paris awarded the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite as the Fairest of All. Paris won Helen and the wrath of two powerful goddesses.
Helen: Helen’s background, the suitor’s military alliance deal, her decision to left with Paris.
Suitor’s military alliance: Helen’s “kidnapping” sparked a war with Troy and her allies. Leaders of Greece assemble for the Rescue of Helen and the Destruction of Troy.
Sacrifice:  Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter to the Goddess Artemis for favored wife. He has an enemy wait for his return from the Trojan Campaign.

To War:
The Greek fleet arrived at Troy. Deciding that the best tactic would be to cut off the supply of provisions to the city, the Greeks attacked the surrounding towns. These battles took place over the course of nine years. By destroying the surrounding kingdoms, the Greeks not only gained supplies but also captives. It was only during the war's tenth year that the Greeks attacked Troy directly.
King Priam of Troy prepared for battle and appointed his sons, Paris and Hector, to serve as his generals. Despite the hefty heroic roster of the Greeks – Menelaus, Agamemnon, Odysseus, Achilles, Diomedes, and Ajax were all warriors of the highest caliber – they could not gain an advantage over the thick walls of Troy, the leadership of Hector, and a pestilence sent from Apollo.
Speaking of the gods; the Gods and Goddesses of Olympus took an intense interest in the Trojan War. Many of them chose sides and helped their favorites when they could. The gods were split in their choices, though, which is one reason the war dragged on for so long.

Gods on the Greeks’ side

Poseidon: old grudge against Troy

Hera and Athena: Hatred toward Paris. NOBODY LIKES TO CALL UGLY!!!!

Gods on the Trojans’ side

Aphrodite: Paris’s protector

Apollo: Hatred toward Greeks because of what they have done in ten years of the war.

Ares: Aphrodite what else?

Gods on the sidelines

Zeus: King of the Gods must be the referee, but in his heart he favored the Trojans

Hades, Demeter, and Hestia: Death, nature and home is always neutral.


Now gods fought alongside men and the battle became bloodier than ever. At the worst possible time, Achilles and Agamemnon found themselves at odds with each other. Achilles discovered that Chrysies, a Trojan prisoner of war and prophetess of Apollo, was the cause of Apollo’s pestilence on the Greeks and ordered her to be return. You think Agamemnon would be happy that his men is not suffering and dying of a plague. But no his pride of leader was bruised and guess what? Angered by Achilles’ action; Agamemnon countered by taking Achilles’ slave-girl, Briseis. This petty feud caused devastating losses for the Greeks. Achilles and his troops refused to fight until Agamemnon returned Briseis to him, and the Greeks could not win the war without their nearly-invulnerable hero.

Comments

  1. Tell Poseidon and Ares I will be waiting to service them. I would hate to be neglecting them.

    WOOF
    Ray

    PS Love the story.

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