Valentine’s Day week Day 6 – Hug day
Since we are in the month of Love, let me share with you the love story that caused one of the most legendary battles of all time, the Trojan War. The love story of Paris and Helen which became the reason of the downfall of Troy.
This love story is about Paris, the prince of Troy, and the beautiful Queen Helen, daughter of Zeus.
Helen, the most beautiful woman on earth, was a demi-god. The story goes, she is the love child of Zeus, the King of the Olympian gods and a mortal woman, Leda, the Queen of Sparta. Zeus appeared in the dream of Queen Leda in form of a swan and they both conceived Helen.
Helen is blessed with a divine beauty which wasn’t seen in any other mortals. Also made many great men offer to be her suitor. Among her many suitors, Helen chose to marry Menelaus, the eventual King of Sparta.
Paris, described as the most handsome and fashionably dressed mortal on earth was a Prince of Troy. Unfortunately, this young prince had fallen hopelessly in love with the married Queen Helen. So when Paris lost all hopes of winning Helen’s love, the goddess of love, Aphrodite, gave him the gift. That he would be loved by the most beauty woman on earth
Their Love Story
After getting this wonderful gift from Aphrodite, Paris set sail to Sparta, to conquer the heart of the woman he had loved for years, Helen.
When he got to Sparta, he immediately went to the Kings palace to meet with Menelaus and of course, Queen Helen.
As soon as Helen set her eyes on him, she is captivated by this young man, and with his charms, Paris convinced Helen to go back to Troy with him.
But when King Menelaus realized that his wife has been absconded with the Prince. His raged out and together with his brother, King Agamemnon of Argos and other kings of Greece, prepared a navy of a thousand ships and set sail for Troy.
The Trojan War and the fall of Troy
The end of the war came with one final plan. Odysseus devised a new ruse—a giant hollow wooden horse, an animal that was sacred to the Trojans. It has being build by and guide by Athena, from the wood of a cornel tree grove sacred to Apollo, with the inscription: The Greeks dedicate this thank-offering to Athena for their return home.
The hollow horse is filled with soldiers led by Odysseus. The rest of the army burned the camp and sailed for Tenedos.
When the Trojans discovered that the Greeks were gone, believing the war was over, they “joyfully dragged the horse inside the city”,while they debated what to do with it.
Some thought they ought to hurl it down from the rocks, others thought they should burn it, while others said they ought to dedicate it to Athena.
The Trojans decided to keep the horse and turned to a night of mad revelry and celebration. Sinon, an Achaean spy, signaled the fleet stationed at Tenedos and the soldiers from inside the horse emerged and killed the guards.
Sack of Troy
The Achaeans entered the city and killed the sleeping population. A great massacre followed which continued into the day.
Blood ran in torrents, drenched was all the earth,
As Trojans and their alien helpers died. Here were men lying quelled by bitter death All up and down the city in their blood.
The Trojans, fuelled with desperation, fought back fiercely, despite being disorganized and leaderless. With the fighting at its height, some donned fallen enemies’ attire and launched surprise counterattacks in the chaotic street fighting. Other defenders hurled down roof tiles and anything else heavy down on the rampaging attackers. The outlook was grim though, and eventually the remaining defenders were destroyed along with the whole city.
Neoptolemus killed Priam, who had taken refuge at the altar of Zeus of the Courtyard. Menelaus killed Deiphobus, Helen’s husband after Paris’s death, intended to kill Helen also.
But, overcome by her beauty, throws down his sword and took her to his ships.
A love story so deep that it brought death and destruction of Troy.
Happy Reading !!!
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