Did you know that Troy is located in Turkey?
In 2004, with the release of "Troy" in the movie theaters, people begin to recall the legendary history of this mysterious city. However, many people do not know that this city is located in Turkish territory. Troy was identified at the end of the XIX century by Heinrich Schliemann in the hill of Hissarlik, in Dardanelos, northwest coast of Turkey. This area contains a succession of several cities that were built over each other during centuries, one of these cities is Troy. The legend of Troy is still a mystery with few possibilities of being solved by archeologists, so do not fear the romantic enigma of Troy will not be destroyed. Today you can not see much at the glory time of Troy, just some ruins of the city can be visited.
Do you remember Paris, the one who was in love with Helena ? Paris was son of Priamo, king of Troy. When Priamo's wife Hecuba, was pregnant of Paris, she dreamed that she was giving birth to a torch with serpents. After the baby was born, she gave orders to a maid to take him to the Ida hill and kill him. The maid did not kill him but left him at the hill to die. The child was saved by shepherds. After some time, Paris returned to Troy by chance, and his parents were impressed with his ability in athletic competitions and his beautiful appearance. His parents found out who he was and received him with pleasure.
Of course that you remember the beautiful Helena: Helena was the daughter of Zeus and Leda. Helena married with Menelau, king of Sparta, they had a daughter called Hermíone. At that time Paris came to visit them. Menelau received Paris very well in his house, but Paris paid his hospitality kidnapping Helena and escaping with her from Troy. Helena's participation in this situation is explained in several ways: she was kidnapped against her will, or Aphrodite made her fall in love with Paris or she never went to Troy, and because of a ghost the Greeks spent ten long years in war.
In the film "Troy" Brad Pitt it is Achilles.
The father of Achilles was reluctant in leaving his son to join
the expedition, because there was a predestination he would die
in Troy. In an attempt of avoid his destiny, they sent him to Ciros
dressed as a girl, where he joined the king's daughters, Licomedes.
During this stay he married Deidaméia, another daughter of
the king. They had a son called Neoptólemo. Ulisses found
out that the Greeks would never take over Troy without the help
of Achilles. So he went to Ciros to look for his help. Achilles
was persuaded to go with Ulisses back to Aulis, where the inland
waterway fleet was getting ready to sail.
I cannot forget to mention other important person
in this story: Heitor, king's Priamo oldest son. In Homeros'
Illiad, Heitor is the greatest warrior of Troy. Heitor is portrayed
like a good husband and a brave warrior. As the troyan commander,
he was responsible for resisting to the Greek army for nine years
and finally to force the Greeks to return to their ships. At the
end, Heitor was killed by Achilles to revenge his friend's death
Patroclo who was killed by Heitor. Achilles ignored Heitor's request
for a funeral after he killed him, he tied his body to a carriage,
dragging him around the city walls.
Date: June 6th, 2004
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