The Trojan War

  • Period: Jan 12, 1184 to Oct 13, 1194

    The Trojan War

  • Jun 3, 1184


    The Olympians hold a party, inviting all but Eris, the goddess of Discord. In her anger, she threw a golden apple into the crowd marked "for the fairest". The three goddesses who were among the fairest were Athena, Hera, and Aphrodite. Each went to Zeus asking for his judgment on who is the fairest.
  • Jun 13, 1184


    Zeus sends the 3 goddesses to Paris, a prince, who he decides will judge who is the fairest, because he knows that if he judges who is the fairest, then he will have a lot of bickering amongst the three no matter whom he chooses, and he doesn't want that. Paris is bribed by all 3, and in the end he choses Aphrodite's bribe: to have the greatest woman in his world.
  • Jun 14, 1184

    The Greeks set sail for Troy.

    The Greeks set sail for Troy.
    Helen is whisked away by Paris to the city of Troy. Helen's suitors had made an oath to recapture her should she ever be taken away from Menelaus, and so the Greeks assemble an army to take her back.
  • Jun 30, 1184


    On their journey, Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, is angered and stirs up the seas because a family of rabbits died, making the trip to Troy impossible unless they can calm her. She asks them to sacrifice a maiden, which they do, and she calms the seas for them. But they did so at a terrible price.
  • Jul 11, 1184


    The Greeks arrive at Troy, and immediatley lay siege to the town. The siege continues on for 9 more years, and victory is never assured for either side.
  • Jan 1, 1189

    Pretty much nothing of note happened in the 9 years in between.

    Victory went from one side to the other often in this big span of time.
  • May 1, 1193

    Hostage Crisis

    Hostage Crisis
    The Greeks had taken a priest of Apollo's daughter, and when they would not give her back, the priest prayed for Apollo's intervention. Apollo answered it, and threw plauges and other diseases at the Greeks.
  • May 10, 1193

    Achilles v. Agamemnon

    With Apollo hindering their siege efforts, Achilles and Agamemnon argue whether they should return her or not. In the end, Agamemnon agrees to return her, but Achilles must give another girl to him in her stead. This upsets Achilles, and he refuses to fight.
  • May 14, 1193

    Olympians Assemble

    Olympians Assemble
    The war had gone on long enough to have the Olympians be divided over the Trojans and the Greeks. Apollo, Ares, Aphrodite, and Artemis are fighting for the Trojans, while Hera, Athena, and Poseidon are fighting for the Greeks. Zeus wishes to fight for the Trojans, but wishes to avoid arguing with Hera about it. So he remains neutral.
  • May 16, 1193

    Paris v. Menelaus

    Zeus made a promise to Thetis to help the Trojans win. He sent a false dream to Agamemnon of the Greeks promising victory if he fought ASAP. The fighting boiled down to Paris and Menelaus, and while Paris was losing, Aphrodite took him up in a cloud to safety. Paris was declared to have forfeit then, so the Trojans agreed to give Helen back. But Athena convinced a Trojan archer to shoot at Menelaus, and the Greeks were furious, and resumed the fighting.
  • Jun 12, 1193

    Hera and Zeus.

    Zeus remembers his promise to Thetis again, and orders all gods and goddesses to Olympus so he can fufil his promise. But Hera stops him from fighting for the Trojans by making herself very beautiful. and makes Zeus fall into a deep sleep.
  • Jul 4, 1193

    Patroclus = Achilles?

    Patroclus, a friend of Achilles, asked Achilles for his armor, to help demoralize the Trojans, because Achilles was their best warrior. Achilles grants him his armor, and Patroclus goes into battle, slaying many men but eventually being slain himself by Hector, the Trojan's best fighter.
  • Jul 5, 1193

    Achilles is Back.

    Upon hearing of his friend's, Patroclus, death, Achilles went back into battle to avenge his death by killing Hector. Hector had stolen his armor, and inheirited some of Achille's qualities by wearing it. After Achilles had killed Hector, he retrieved his armor from him.
  • Jul 6, 1193

    Achilles v. Hector

    Achilles and Hector meet in battle, fighting to the death. Achilles overpowers Hector, reclaims his armor that Hector took from Petroclus, and desecrates his body,
  • Jul 7, 1193

    Temporary Truce.

    King Priam wished to have his son back to cremate, and so he offered treasures to Achilles in exchange for having Hector. Achilles regrets having desecrated Hector's body, and puts a robe over him to hide the damage from the King. The exchange is made, and a temporary truce is negotiated in order to cremate the dead. It's with this that the Iliad ends.
  • Apr 8, 1194


    The Greeks, realising that they cannot win with the way things are going now, call upon Odysseus, a man with a crafty mind, to devise a plan to win.
  • Apr 10, 1194

    False Story

    The Greeks leave one man on the beach to tell a story to the Trojans, about how they needed to sacrifice someone to guarantee safe passage home, and that he had "escaped" before they could do so. He "explained" that the horse was intended to be given to Athena, and that the Greeks laid it outside the Trojan city in the hopes that they would destroy it, and thus earn the wrath of Athena. But they didn't, and the Trojans took it into their city to give to Athena themselves.
  • Apr 11, 1194

    The Trojan Horse

    Odysseus asks the Greeks to make a giant hollow horse to place in front of the gates of Troy, which they will hide in themselves. When the Trojans don't see the Greek ships near land, they think that the Greeks have given up, and take the horse into their city to give to Athena.
  • Apr 12, 1194


    In the night, the Greeks open up a secret covering of the horse, and pillage the town, killing everybody except for a few women to take as slaves. The Trojans had seriously thought the Greeks were gone, so they did not expect an attack, and were slaughtered.
  • Apr 13, 1194


    After the Trojans were defeated, the Greeks spared some women as slaves, but one little boy was still alive. The Greeks ordered him to be thrown off the Trojan walls so that no male remained.
  • Apr 14, 1194


    The Greeks finally set sail for home, having taken Helen back and sacked the city of Troy. What happens next is known as "The Odyssey".