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Achilles Triumphant -  Image used with permission from Howard David Johnson

Image used with permission from Howard
David Johnson

Map of

Map of Troy

Map of Troy


The Patron
God of Troy is Apollo




Troy is
a city in the region called the Troad, and Trojan are called its citizens.
At the time of the Trojan War, Troy was a well-walled city with broad streets
and beautiful palaces


son of Zeus and the Pleiad Electra lived
in Samothrace. But when his brother Iasion was killed by Zeus with a thunderbolt
because of his love affair with Demeter he left the island crossed the sea and settled in the territory, which at
the time was ruled by Teucer

was then king of that country and the people were called Teucrians after him.
King Teucer welcomed the foreigner, and gave him his daughter Batia as wife,
and along with her, a share of his land. Which had a small native population,
and that he believed Dardanus would assist him in his wars against barbarians.

founded a city in the region that later was called the Troad, and lived there
with his family until the death of his father-in-law, upon which he became
king of the whole land and called it Dardania after himself.

When Dardanus
died, his son Erichthonius became king of the Dardanians he had a son Tros
who after coming to the throne, called the people Trojans, and the land Troad
after himself.

Ilus son
of Tros founded the city of Troy

Ilus had
a son Laomedon who became king of Troy after him.

When Laomedon
was king of Troy, Apollo and Poseidon decided to put him to the test. Assuming the likeness of mortal men, the two
gods undertook the task of fortifying Troy for wages. But when the work was
done, King Laomedon would not pay their wages. So Apollo sent a pestilence,
and Poseidon sent a sea-monster . The oracles foretold deliverance if Laomedon
would expose his daughter Hesione to be devoured by the sea-monster. So he,
more obedient of this oracle than of his agreement with the gods, exposed
Hesione to the monster by fastening her to the rocks near the sea. When Heracles saw her , he promised to save her on condition of receiving from Laomedon
the horses which Zeus had given him . Once again Laomedon promised to pay
for the service, and Heracles killed the monster and saved Hesione But when
this was accomplished, Laomedon would not give the agreed reward.

war against Troy

For this
reason Heracles made war on Troy. Heracles deployed eighteen ships with fifty
men in each, that is, an insignificant fleet compared to the one that sailed
latter against Troy. After some fighting the town was besieged, and shortly
Heracles entered the city he then killed Laomedon and his sons except for
Priam who was then appointed new king of Troy.


The Palladium

A wooden
statue of the goddess Athena that fell from the sky.

Athena was reared by Triton (the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite) together
with his own daughter Pallas. The two girls were playmates, and once, as they
were practising the arts of war and Pallas was about to strike a blow, Zeus,
fearing for his daughter, used his sheild the aegis to protect Athena; and
when Pallas, being caught by surprise, looked up, Athena hit her, and she
fell wounded and died.

In order
to calm her grief, Athena made a nine foot high wooden statue in the likeness
of Pallas, with the feet joined together, and holding in its right hand a
spear, and in the left a distaff and spindle. And wrapping about its breast
the aegis that had frightened her friend, she set the image up beside Zeus,
and honoured it in Heaven.

Ilus, son of Tros came to Phrygia where he, after taking part in the games
that were held by the king, won a victory in wrestling. As a prize, Ilus received
fifty youths and fifty maidens. In addition, the king, following an oracle
asked him to found a city.As he travelled he prayed to Zeus that a sign might
be shown to him. It was then that he saw the Palladium, fallen from heaven
and lying before his tent. On that spot he then built the city of Troy with
a temple for the Palladium.

The safety
of the city depends on the icon’s preservation As long as it stays in
Troy, the city-state can not lose a war

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