For centuries, readers have been thrilled by tales of the Trojan War in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. The exploits of Achilles, Odysseus, Hector, and the other heroes are exciting, but they’re acknowledged today as legends, and it can be hard to separate history from myth. But in modern times, archaeologists and historians are uncovering more and more information about Greece and the Near East during the Bronze Age, the era in which the War is believed to have occurred, if it occurred at all. Researchers have even found what they think could be the actual city of Troy, opening up the question: which parts of the story were legends, and which might actually have happened? Could the remains of a giant wooden horse be far behind? We don’t have all the answers yet, but for now here are 43 legendary facts about the story of Trojan War and the history it may have been based on.
Trojan War Facts
43. Troy, USA
33 of the 50 States feature a town or city named Troy. There is only one town, in New York, called Greece. Guess you can tell who the Americans are rooting for.