It is believed that the Trojan war ended on April 24th in 1184 B.C.
The Procession of the Trojan Horse in Troy
The story goes that after a ten-year siege outside Troy's gates, the Greeks built a giant wooden horse as a gift to the goddess Athena, when it really served as a hiding spot for some of their soldiers.
The Greeks pretended to sail away after leaving this gift, and the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy of sorts. Unbeknownst to them, the Greek forces came out of the horse at night, opened the city gates to their seafaring comrades, and destroyed Troy.
According to various tales, the Trojan War started when Paris, prince of Troy, kidnapped Helen, the queen of Sparta, following a quarrel between the goddesses Aphrodite, Athena, and Hera.
This myth was told in Greek literature by Homer and in Roman literature by Virgil. We do not know whether there is any historical basis for these stories, but archaeological and historical studies do somewhat corroborate - though inconclusively - some of the main events and facts.
The painting is "The Procession of the Trojan Horse in Troy" (circa 1760) by Italian artist Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo.
Troy, Anatolia, Turkey
April 24, 1184 B.C.
post by Chanez Baali
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