Troy (2004)

 

 

Director: Wolfgang Petersen

Starring:  Julian Glover (Triopas), Brian Cox (Agamemnon), Nathan Jones (Boagrius), Adoni Maropis (Agamemnon's Officer), Jacob Smith (Messenger Boy), Brad Pitt (Achilles), John Shrapnel (Nestor), Brendan Gleeson (Menelaus), Diane Kruger (Helen), Eric Bana (Hector), Orlando Bloom (Paris), Siri Svegler (Polydora), Lucie Barat (Helen's Handmaiden), Ken Bones (Hippasus), Manuel Cauchi (Old Spartan Fisherman).

Made for TV movie.

 

I thought the movie was all right.  The general outline is correct, but that's about it.  Brad Pitt doesn't look big enough to overpower every man in both armies, but he does a pretty good job of acting nonetheless. 

Just how far off the truth the movie is, compare the fates of its stars to the real characters.

Patrick Louis Cooney, Ph. D. 


 Historical Background:

 

TROY VII (1275-1240 B.C.)

Greeks:

ATREUS – father of Menelaus and Agamemnon

Menelaus – Son of Atreus; husband of Helen; king of Sparta, also called Lacedaemon. After the Greeks won the Trojan War, Helen returned to Sparta with Menelaus

Agamemnon – Son of Atreus; king of Argos and Mycenae; leader of the host. On his return, after a stormy voyage, he landed in Argolis or was blown off course and landed in Aegisthus' country. Aegisthus, who in the interval had seduced Clytemnestra, invited him to a banquet at which he was treacherously slain, Cassandra also being put to death by Clytemnestra.

Helen – Wife of Menelaus, seduced by Paris. After the Greeks won the Trojan War, Helen returned to Sparta with Menelaus. After Menelaus' death, his illegitimate son Megapenthes sent Helen into exile.

Achilles – Son of Peleus and the sea nymph Thetis; grandson of Aeacus, son of ZEUS; chief of the Myrmidons from Phthia and Hellas. As predicted by Hector with his dying breath, Achilles was thereafter killed by Paris — either by an arrow to the heel, or in an older version by a knife to the back while visiting Polyxena, a Trojan princess. Both versions conspicuously deny the killer any sort of valor.

BrisLis – was a Trojan widow (from Lyrnessos) who was abducted during the Trojan War by Achilles after the death of her husband Mines and brother in the fight. After an oracle forced Agamemnon to give up a woman he had captured, Chryseis, Agamemnon ordered his heralds Talthybius and Eryrates to take Briseis to compensate himself. Achilles was offended by this seizure, pouted, and refused to fight until his prize was restored, leading to many of the most important events of the Trojan War, including the death of Patroclus.

The withdrawal of Achilles to his tent in protest of the loss of Briseis is the first event of Homer's Iliad. With Achilles on the sidelines, the Trojans had a period of success. When Agamemnon restored Briseis to Achilles, he swore that he had not offended her chastity.

Patroclus – Son of Menoetius; comrade and squire of Achilles.

Phoenix – Son of Amyntor; foster son of Achilles’ father and old friend of Achilles; ruler of the Dolopians in Phthia.

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Trojans

Priam – Son of Laomedon and descendant of Tros, the founder of Troy, and of Dardanus, son of ZEUS; king of Troy. In the sack of Troy, Priam was brutally murdered by Achilles's son Neoptolemus

Hecuba – Wife of Priam; queen of Troy. Hecuba, though she was enslaved by the Achaeans when the city fell,

Paris – Also called Alexander, son of Priam; seducer of Helen. Late in the Trojan War, Paris was killed by Philoctetes, an incident not recounted by Homer.

Hector – Son of Priam; commander of the Trojan army. Killed by Achilles.

Lycaon – Son of Priam.

Deiphobus – Son of Priam.

Laodice – Daughter of Priam and Hecuba; wife of Helicaon, son of Antenor.

Cassandra – Daughter of Priam and Hecuba; a prophet.

Antenor – Aged councilor to Priam and the Trojans.


  Source:

Who's Who in the Iliad?     ol.scc.spokane.edu/.../MASTER%20DOCS/ Who's%20who%20in%20the%20iliad%20handout.htm

 

 

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