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The Historical Background of the Movie “Troy”

Ancient civilization life and the characters that have emerged as influential or unforgettable have laid down the foundation for an assortment of great films over the years. In this article, you will learn a little background information on “Troy,” which starred Brad Pitt and detailed the events and life surrounding Achilles and the fall of Troy.

Based on the poem written by Homer , David Benioff created the screenplay for “Troy” , released in 2004, which showcased a long-haired blonde Brad Pitt rippling with muscles that made the ancient maidens swoon. However, we all know that the movie stretched the truth a little and filled in the parts that seemed a bit vague. It’s pretty hard to follow in the footsteps of the legendary ancient Greek epic poet, who is traditionally responsible for the epic poems titled the” Iliad” and the “Odyssey.” At some point in time , a great deal of high school and college students will encounter these classic treasures.

Brief History of Achilles

As you study the pages of Greek mythology, you will find that Achilles would become one of the greatest Greek heroes associated with the Trojan War. He became the central character and the most proficient warrior in the “Iliad.” We also know that it is said that Achilles possessed a collection of undeniable qualities, such as being one of the best-looking hero that fought against Troy. He was also known for his great speed.

However, the people of today most likely link Achilles to the references of having an “Achilles heel,” which suggests that the weakness part of the body on a human is the Achilles’ tendon or heel. Legends depict Achilles as succumbing to an arrow that pierced his heel while engaging in battle.
Movie Background

“Troy” was released on May 14th, 2004 and delivered audiences just the right amount of action, drama, romance, and most of all , history. While a few flaws have been found in the execution of this great story, it is still considered a fun film for history buffs. The plot of the film involves the attack on Troy by the Greek forces that have finally united, where the fates of the key players are followed.

The Actors

Of course, we already know that Brad Pitt played Achilles, while other notable players include:

Diane Kruger as Helen , who was the daughter of Zeus and Leda; wife of King Menelaus of Sparta, and the woman known as possessing the “face that launched a thousand ships.”

Eric Bana as Hector , a Trojan prince that earned the reputation as becoming one of the best fighters in the Trojan War. He is the son of Priam and Hecuba, and later becomes known as one of the “Nine Worthies,” which were revered for various chivalrous qualities. Hector was admired for not only his courage, but also his noble nature.

Orlando Bloom as Paris , another son of Priam, he makes his fair share of rounds about the Greek legends. He is probably best known for his elopement with Helen (queen of Sparta), who is later recognized as one of the reasons behind the Trojan War in the first place. It is he, who delivers the fatal blow to Achilles in the heel with an arrow, which was foretold by Thetis (Achilles’ mother).