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The Trojan War took place in approximately the 13th century The ancientGreeks defeated the City of Troy The Trojan War started after an incidentat the wedding feast of Peleus the king of Thessaly and Thetis a sea goddessAll the gods and goddesses of Mt Olympus had been invited except Eris thegoddess of discord Eris was offended and tried to stir up trouble amongthe guests at the feast She sent a golden apple inscribed For themost beautiful Hera Athena and Aphrodite each claimed the appleas their own Paris judged the quarrel and awarded the apple to Aphroditebecause she had promised him Helen the most beautiful woman in the worldHelen was already married to Kin Menelaus of Sparta but when visited by Parisshe fled with Paris to Troy Menelaus organized Greek war against Troy toget Helen back The Greeks battled for ten years but could not defeat TroyThe fall of Troy occurred when the Greeks built a large hollow horse andplaced it outside the walls of Troy The Trojans took the horse inside andthought the had won the war and the horse was a gift from the Greeks Laterthat night the Greeks stormed from the horse and opened the gates to allowtheir fellow warriors in and the Greeks conquered the City of TroyAncient Greece was the birthplace of Western civilization about 2500 yearsago Greek civilization consisted mainly of small city-states A city-stateconsisted of a city or town and the surrounding villages and farmland TheGreek city-states were independent and quarreled often with one-anotherThese city states established the worlds first democratic governmentThe Greeks believed that certain gods and goddesses watched over them anddirected their daily lives Families would try to please these gods by offeringsacrifices gifts and ceremonies Greeks flocked to oracles to consult priestsand priestesses to answer questions and fore-tell the future Greek men enjoyeddrinking talking and dancing at parties They also like sports and religiousfestivals Socrates Plato and Aristotle are the most important Greekphilosophers Socrates taught by
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