Trojan War

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After running for a long time from the police, you are tired, out of breath, and you think about the consequences soon to come all because you stole a pack of gum from the local gas station. That situation is similar to Paris and the Trojan War. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed in the Trojan War, as well as Alexander the Great. Since then, the story of the Trojan War has been passed down to modern day. Paris, a prince of Troy, was chosen to pick the most beautiful out of three famous goddesses. He chose Aphrodite and got an reward for his choosing of her. His reward was one of the most biggest mistakes of his entire life, causing something that could have not happened in the first place. The Trojan War is one of the most pointless wars because of what started it, what the final outcome of the war was, and if it even existed. To begin, the Trojan War is ambiguous because of how the war even began. The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia states that “The strife began after the Trojan prince Paris abducted Helen, the wife of Menelaus of Sparta” (1). This proves the war was initiated by a human being: a simple, yet most beautiful woman. As you can vision in your mind, Paris was blinded by the love, going after and basically kidnapping Helen. All he could see was her beauty, not the consequences that would follow soon afterwards. Edward Bleiberg proclaims that “...Paris chooses Aphrodite on the basis of her promise to give him the most beautiful woman in the world. Unfortunately, the most beautiful woman in the world, Helen, is already the wife of a Spartan king named Menelaus, so Paris’ abduction of her to Troy prompts the Greeks to muster a fleet in pursuit of her under the leadership of the high king of Greece, Agamemnon” ( Blei... ... middle of paper ... ... later question if it even happened? History will always find a way to repeat itself. Works Cited “Iliad.” Ancient Greece and Rome: An Encyclopedia for Students. Ed. Carroll Moulton. Vol. 2 New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1998. 159-161. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web.25 Mar. 2014. Korfmann, Manfred. “Was There A Trojan War?.” Archaeology 57.3 (2004):36-38. History Reference Center. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. “The Age of Homeric Epic.” Arts and Humanities Through the Eras. Ed. Edward I. Bleiberg, et al, Vol 2: Ancient Greece and Rome 1200 B.C.E.-476 C.E. Detroit: Gale, 2005. 122-126. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. “Trojan War.” Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2013): Literary Reference Center. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. Weigel, Jr., James. “Iliad.” Masterplots, Fourth Edition (2010): 1-4. Literary Reference Center. Web. 25 Mar. 2014.

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