Then, there is also the fact that there is still some debate over whether the war actually happened

These theorists gained the most popularity sopra the 1870’s and remained the most common perspective until Heinrich Schliemann published the work from his excavations at Hisarlik – the modern site which he believed was the ancient city of Troy. The site was verified esatto, con fact, be Troy per , though few believe the events of the Iliad and the Odyssey actually occurred as they were presented.

What Started The Trojan War?

There are varying opinions as preciso what could have started the Trojan War and what extent the gods played mediante causing the conflict. Some would say that the war was started as a result of a dispute between Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. Others, however, think the war was much more calculated. They point puro Zeus starting the war because of his fear of being overthrown by one of the demigods that was born of himself or one of his siblings. People who agree with these theories usually claim that Zeus started the war puro depopulate the Earth, which he felt was becoming too crowded, and eliminate the large population of demigods who lived on Earth.

Zeus Becomes Concerned By the Demigods

It was common knowledge that Zeus had quale into power by overthrowing his father Cronus and that his father, Cronus, had ad esempio preciso power per the same way. This became very worrisome puro Zeus as he realized that he may have preciso prepare for per challenger who wished preciso overtake his throne, and that it may che razza di mediante the form of one of his own offspring. His fears were confirmed when he received two prophecies. The first stated that he would be overthrown by one of his children. The second stated that a sea-nymph named Thetis would bear verso bourdonnement that would become greater than his father (Zeus). The combined message of these prophecies made Zeus realize that he had onesto act quickly if he wanted puro maintain his power.

Zeus Plots onesto Start per War

Thetis becomes engaged onesto be married (possibly at the request of Zeus or Hera [his wife]) and invites all the gods and goddesses puro attend the ceremony. However, when Eris (the goddess of discord) arrived at the door of the reception and attempted esatto enter, Hermes stopped her on Zeus’ order. Eris became upset, and attempted onesto appease her ego by throwing per golden apple through the doorway inscribed with the words, ‘puro the fairest.’

Her plan onesto cause discord among the wedding attendees worked – the apple was claimed by Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite – all of which claimed puro be ‘the fairest’ of all the goddesses. They argued over the gift with great bitterness – so much so that the other gods and goddesses refused puro tell them which of the three was the fairest because of their fear of the remaining two goddesses. Because the three goddesses were unable esatto obtain an answer from the other gods and goddesses, they turned onesto the opinion of verso mortal.