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Trojan War part 10: We Who Will Die

Achilles of Greece has a prophesy that he will die in this war. Hector of Troy doesn’t have a prophesy, but he’s convinced of it anyway.

Achilles explains to his mother why it’s worth fighting anyway. Hector explains the same thing to his wife.

It’s a real macho moment for both sides of the war.


The Greek’s oracle makes a prophesy that the first person off the boats will be killed on the beach of Troy. Nobody wants to be first. Then one guy volunteers. He’s killed.

The ancient Greeks saw this as a glorious sacrifice for his team rather than a stupid suicide.

The Greeks are ready to sail to war, but the goddess Artemis is offended (either because they killed a sacred animal or because she saw an animal being killed in a way she didn’t like, depending on the version of the story).

Artemis makes it so that the winds don’t blow, and demands that Agamemnon sacrifices his own daughter. Human sacrifices were shunned by the ancient Greeks, but Agamemnon is so eager for war that he agrees, the girl is slain, and the ships sail off.

Achilles also tries to get out of the war. He dresses up like a woman and tries to hide, but Odysseus spots him because he’s more interested in swords than girl stuff. This is another good move for the Greeks, because Achilles is the greatest warrior in the world.

Odysseus tries to dodge the draft by pretending he’s crazy. But the others see through his gambit and call his bluff. Good thing for them: it will be Odysseus who ultimately wins the war for them.

Agamemnon rallies the troops to help go get his brother’s wife back from Troy.

Paris was staying as a guest at Agamemnon’s house. True to her word, Aphrodite made Helen fall in love with Paris, and the two ran off to Troy together.

All of the warriors who had sworn allegience to Helen were now forced to fulfil their promise and go fight a war to get her back.

Years before Paris’s judgement, all the kings and warriors in Greece wanted to marry Helen, so her father made all of them promise that they would support whoever married her forever and in all things.

She married Menelaus, younger brother of the great king Agamemnon, and thus all of Greece was united under this one family.

And it meant they were all ready to go to war together…

Paris chose Aphrodite for her bribe of the love of Helen, the most beautiful woman in the world. The only problem was that that Helen was already married to someone else…

Each of the godesses offered a bribe to Paris to pick them.

Athena, godess of war and wisdom, offered military might.

Hera, godess of home and family, offered wealth and political power

Aphrodite, godess of love, offered Paris the most beautiful woman in the world.