- Jan 2017
- Republika Srpska
So, the Trojan War is one of the most important events in Greek mythology. Many works (most notably the Illiad) talk about this war or its aftermath. Of course, classical Greeks inherited their fascination with this war from the Illiad, but it's clear that there was fascination with the Trojan War even before, otherwise the Illiad wouldn't have been written or would have described some other war. I have read that there is a possibility that the Trojan War actually happened, though of course much different than described in the Illiad. So, assuming that the war was real, what motivated the writer(s) of the Illiad to craft such a complex narrative around this conflict for an Anatolian city? Why was the Trojan War so important to the Homeric-era Greeks that they transformed it into this great conflict, a conflict in which gods intervened on both sides, a war in which heroes expected to find everlasting glory? What was the significance of the Trojan War?