- By Marco Richter de Medeiros
"Then Paris decided to pay a visit to the Queen of Sparta, Helen..."
Here is the story of the great city of Troy, which fell to the hands of the Greek empire. Paris, son of King Priam, caused this war. He took Helen of Troy, then Helen of Sparta, to his homeland. King Menelaus was furious, so he called his brother, Agamemnon, ruler of Greece, to help him destroy troy (lol). They succeeded, and it was Paris’s fault. How this child lived for more than 20 years, I have no idea. Paris had Hector solve all of his problems, which I’m guessing Hector got pretty sick of after 3 years.
Paris and Hector were in Sparta in a time of peace. The two brothers partied for a few days, and all was fair. Then Paris decided to pay a visit to the Queen of Sparta, Helen, and ended up taking her with him when they left for Troy. Hector was furious when he found her in the cabin of their ship. He told Paris that he had no choice but to send her back to Sparta, for Hector wanted to avoid war. Paris begged him to reconsider, and finally Hector gave in. They brought Helen back to Troy, and lived in peace for a few weeks. Everyone welcomed Helen to Troy, and renamed her Helen of Troy. But their prosperity ended after those few weeks, when Hector spotted the Greek navy approaching Troy. He knew they were in trouble.
When Menelaus found Helen’s room empty, the fact dawned on him that the scoundrel, Paris, took Helen right out from under him. He went to his brother, Agamemnon, and pleaded him to send ships to Troy and retrieve his wife. Agamemnon agreed, for he was longing to take over Troy, supposedly the impenetrable city. Agamemnon went from city to city, commanding the Kings to fight for him. He also recruited Achilles, the warrior with skin like titanium. One of the Kings he asked to have him join was Odysseus, who told them he was insane. To prove his point, he hitched up a horse and cow to a plow, and started to plow the beach. Agamemnon was suspicious, so he grabbed Odysseus’ son and plopped him right in front of the supposedly insane King. Being very sane, Odysseus swerved so he wouldn’t kill his beloved boy. He was forced to fight for Agamemnon. And so begins the Greek empire’s journey to Troy.
During the war Menelaus challenged Paris to a duel. Trying to seem brave Paris accepted. Hector told him all the things he needed to know since he was not much of a warrior. The battle didn’t last long, for Menelaus was close to killing the young prince. Paris crawled to Hector’s feet and begged for his brother to protect him. Even though his brother was a coward, Hector still helped him. He struck down Menelaus for threatening his brother. And a battle started, and luckily both armies were prepared. A huge battle turned into a bloodbath, and both armies had countless casualties, so they called an oath of peace for the rest of the day.
The Greeks and Trojans waged war for many years, and they each had their ups and downs. Achilles hated Agamemnon, and the only thing that kept him fighting was Odysseus. At one point, Achilles thought of leaving Troy to return home. He had no love for war, and too many people were killed in the process. During the time that he wanted to retire from the war, his cousin took his armor and commanded Achilles’ troops. Hector, thinking that it was the fabled warrior, killed Achilles’ cousin. When the man found out about his relative’s death, he challenged Hector to a duel to the death. Hector declared that whoever won was to be returned to his rightful army and given the proper burial rights. Achilles spat on this suggestion, and thus began the duel. They fought for what seemed like an hour. They were both very evenly matched, but it was Achilles who struck the final blow. He took Hector’s body and tied it to the back of his chariot and dragged him all the way to the Greek camp. That night King Priam went secretly to Achilles’ tent and begged him to release his beloved son. Priam said, “I shall do the thing that no man has done: kiss the hands of the man who killed my son”. Achilles agreed to let Priam take his son and bury him in the proper manner.
After nine and ½ years, both armies were at the end of their ropes. King Odysseus was telling a man that his carving of a horse for his son was wonderful. Then an idea struck him. And thus began the construction of the Trojan horse, which was the downfall of the beloved city. The Greeks sent this as a gift to the Trojans. Paris suggested that they should burn it, which was his only good idea this whole time. The high priest of Troy suggested that they should take it to the temple of Athena, and King Priam agreed. That was his worst mistake yet. His second was having Paris (lol). That night, King Odysseus and a few other soldiers who were hiding in the wooden horse killed the guards of the gate and let in the entire Greek army to conquer Troy. The whole city was turned into a massacre. Women and children were taken as slaves, and the men were killed. Helen managed to get away, and they didn’t ever find her again. Paris shot Achilles in the heel, and that was the end of the invincible soldier. And it was also the end of Troy. Priam died by the hand of Agamemnon. This is the end of Troy’s journey, and it will forever be buried in the history of Greece.
Troy was taken by Agamemnon and the rest of the Greek empire. Trojans were turned into slaves, and no one was happy except for the Greeks. Agamemnon had his prize, but ceased to follow Helen. If Menelaus was dead, there was no point in trying. They burned Troy to the ground, leaving no trace that it was ever there. That was the end of the invincible city. It stands no more, yet there are still stories about how it was destroyed, and what it was like beforehand. This is also the end of our story, though there are still many more to come.