Are you ready for the first saga? I think it’s time. We are going to take the next six stories to tell the saga of the Greek and Trojan war at Troy. It will start today. We’re going to be introduced to the Trojans and, of course, Helen. Who was not of Troy at first. Along the way, many characters you may already familiar with by name are going to join us. This is a story that has been told many times.
As in most of the stories we come across in Greek mythology, this one also contains names we now use, at least in part, in our language today. Take the brief mention of the ‘Muses’. These were nine sisters who were goddesses who had the duty of overseeing the arts. How often do we say we might follow a muse when involved in an artistic endeavour? Or what of the word ‘Museum’ which in Greek is the place the Muses studied their arts and is still where we study the arts today? ‘Music’ comes from a Greek word that meant Belonging to the Muses.
The city of Troy was a very real place. It was located on the western coast of what is now Turkey. To the Greek, this city was called Ilium. When Homer wrote down the poem of these events he called the poem the Iliad, in reference to the city. Around 1250 B.C. this Trojan war was a ten-year event of which we learn specifics of the final year.
For now, let’s start with Paris of Troy. And that will lead us to the story itself. This story comes from a book I highly recommend picking up if you enjoy Greek mythology. It is best served as a primer for a younger audience although I’ve found it highly entertaining myself. ‘Classic myths to read aloud‘ by William F. Russell.
It is a privilege to read to the world.