This blog, written by Thomas E. Rutledge, focuses primarily on business entity law in Kentucky. Postings on contract law, contractual and statutory construction, and the entity law of other jurisdictions appear as well. There may as well be some random discussions of classical, medieval and renaissance history.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The Fall of Troy
Greeks Bearing Gifts
Today marks the anniversary of the
traditional Fall of Troy in 1184 B.C., thereby bringing to its culmination the
The Fall of Troy is not recounted in
Homer’s Iliad, the iconic epic, it rather covering only a period of ten days to
two weeks within the supposed ten-year span of the war.The Fall of Troy through the subterfuge of
the Trojan Horse is briefly mentioned in the Odyssey and is referenced in
several other Greek sources.The story
would not find, however, its full development until Virgil’s Aeneid.
Some modern historians have attempted to
explain the story as an analogy, suggesting actually that an earthquake –
Poseidon, whose portfolio included horses, was as well the god of
earthquakes.I, for one, would rather
retain the literal interpretation.
Regardless it is a great story,
especially the fall of Achilles to Paris after the former killed Hector.Speaking of which, themovie Troy misstated the story, likely
because they wanted to keep Brad Pitt on the screen.Achilles was killed before the fall of Troy;
he never entered the city.
might consider the Trojan War to be ancient history. It’s all matter of perspective.At the time of the Fall of Troy the Egyptian
civilization had been flourishing already for 2000 years.