In Greek mythology, the Trojan War was waged against the city of Troy by the Greeks. The war started when the Trojan prince Paris took Helen from her husband Menelaus, king of Sparta. Homer’s Iliad is an epic poem set in the war’s tenth and final year.
One of the most dynamic heroes of the Trojan Cycle is Aeneas, whose depiction can be found throughout Italy before Rome usurped him as a national icon.
Many ancient Greek and Roman epics were left either unfinished or had enough loose strings to warrant continuation by later writers.
On a black-figure amphora by Exekias, the Greek heroes Achilles and Ajax are shown playing a game to while away the hours at Troy.
Iliad is a competitive card game for 2 to 6 players inspired by Homer’s battle epic. While the theme is light, I warmly recommend it.
The sculpture group of Laocoön and His Sons, on display in the Vatican since its rediscovery in 1506, is one of the most famous and fascinating statues of antiquity.
In the story of the Trojan War, battles are fought between huge armies. But how were these armies organized? How were they assembled?
According to prophecy, Troy wouldn’t fall until a number of conditions had been met. One of them was the death of the Trojan prince Troilus.
Joshua Hall, Matthew Lloyd, and Josho Brouwers talk about the epic poem Aeneid, composed by Rome’s greatest poet, Virgil.
In countries like Italy, the ancient world is everywhere. Take, for example, the Italian village of Palinuro, named after the Trojan Palinurus.
Two depictions of the sack of Troy in Greek art give us different perspectives on how the ancient Greeks used the myth of the Trojan War.