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.
The story of Aeneas’ flight from Troy and his long and arduous search for a new home has inspired science-fiction.
Heavy metal band Manowar turned the Iliadic conflict between Achilles and Hector into an epic, eight-part song.
Deliberate or not, elements of Mad Max: Fury Road remind one of the story of the Trojan War. It’s primal, aggressive, and epic. (It’s also a bloody good film.)
Can the Homeric epics be considered historical documents to some extent? If so, for which time period can they be used?
Achilles was inconsolable after the brutal death of Patroclus. But what was the precise nature of the Greek champion’s grief?
The Homeric epics are rife with descriptions of colourful characters, including Asteropaeus, who fought with two swords.