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Troy was a city situated in the far northwest of the region known as Asia Minor, now known as Anatolia in modern Turkey, northwest of Mount Ida.[citation needed]

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Trojan War

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The Trojan War was a war between the Greece and the City of Troy. The strife began after the Trojan prince Paris abducted Helen, wife of Menelaus of Sparta. Menelaus persuaded his brother Agamemnon to lead an army against Troy.[2] When Menelaus demanded her return, the Trojans refused.[2]

At Aulis, troopships gathered, led by the greatest Greek heroes: Achilles, Patroclus, Diomedes, Odysseus and Ajax, among others. In order to win favorable winds for the journey, Agamemnon sacrificed his daughter Iphigenia to Artemis. The winds came and the fleet set sail for Troy. For nine years the Greeks ravaged Troy's surrounding cities and countryside, but the city itself, well fortified and commanded by Hector and other sons of the royal household, held out.

While battling some Storm Giants, Thor and Loki discover the crack in the ground that once led to Olympus. This time, strange mists rob Thor of his memory as he and Loki get separated in the cavern. Once through, he meets Aeneas and found himself involved in the Trojan War. He assisted to the single combat between Menelaus and Paris, and rejoiced to see Paris defeated, meaning the war's end. As Paris was about to be slain, Aphrodite came invisible to save him, seen only from Thor and Aeneas. The was soon reignited by Athena who manipulated Pandarus of Lycia to strike an arrow at Menelaus. Aeneas took Pandarus with him on a chariot for him to attack Menelaus at close range, but he was slain by Diomedes (manipulated by Athena as well). As Aeneas went to help the fallen Pandarus, Diomedes struck him with a massive rock and attempted to slay Aeaneas, who was timely protected by Aphrodite, then by Thor. Thor evacuated Aeneas within the walls of Troy, where he asked the Norse God to heal him for him to return to battle.[3]

Achilles (Greek Legend) (Earth-616) from Thor Annual Vol 1 8 0001

Achilles was one of the greatest warriors in the battle virtually unstoppable. But was hit in his vulnerable heel with a poisonous arrow shot by Paris I, killing the great warrior. [3]

After his adventures, and a battle with Zeus after regaining his memory, Thor returns to the cavern where he meets Loki. Loki told him that he had lost his memory as well, but contributed to the war in his own way by telling King Odysseus of Ithica about a horse.[3]

Wooden horse from Thor Annual 8

Finally the Greeks built a large hollow wooden horse: the "Trojan Horse" in which a small group of warriors were concealed. The other Greeks appeared to sail for home, leaving behind only the horse and Sinon, who deceitfully persuaded the Trojans, despite the warnings of Cassandra and Laocoön, to take the horse within the city walls. At night the Greeks returned; their companions crept out of the horse and opened the city gates, and Troy was destroyed.[3]

Roman Empire

A new capital called Ilium was founded on the site in the reign of the Roman Emperor Augustus.[citation needed] It flourished until the establishment of Constantinople.[citation needed]

Modern Era

Today, the hill at Hisarlık has given its name to a small village near the ruins, which supports the tourist trade visiting the Troia archaeological site.[citation needed]

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