As all of you should know by now, I am extremely fascinated with the story of Troy and anything involved with it.
Ahem, yes minus that abortion of a film, I find the entire story of the Trojan War incredibly enticing and engaging. However, people merely look at the basic story that was spoken by Homer and various other bards and poets in the Hellenic world, but they should really try to look into the more obscure myths. Because as I have shown before in earlier blogs, they're some real good stories that were almost lost to time.
Man the Royals had some sweet digs in Troy!
As the title states I am discussing the construction of the famed walls of Troy began and like most things in Greek Mythology, it began with a punishment for some petty offense. According to my research (and yes I did watch the Magic School Bus a lot as you can see :D) Poseidon and Apollo had somehow offended Zeus (maybe they were criticizing the beauty of whatever mortal chick Zeus was raping at the time) and for it he forced them under the servitude of Laomedon, son Illus king of Troy. (Illus is the son of Tros and both their names would go on to name the city, Ilium and the much more famous Troy). Before they left to Troy, they took with them a mortal king by the name of Aeacus, now who is this man?
Well that is like your opinion man, but I will build the walls of Troy
Aeacus was the son of Zeus and the nymph Aegina and was king of the city of Aegina on the island Aegina (talk about redundant) He was the father of Peleus and the grandfather of Achilles, while also the father of Telamon grandfather of Ajax the Greater. It was he who pleaded with his father after a plague sent by vengeful Hera wiped out the entire island population. Zeus then used some of magic mambo jumbo to turn the ants living his sacred tree into humans, thus the famous race of Myrmidon warriors led by Achilles in the Trojan War was created to serve Aeacus. So back to how Aeacus was picked up by Poseidon and Apollo, well according to Pindar Aeacus was chosen as an assistant in the construction of the walls, so there you go. (Don't question Pindar!)
Laomedon prototype for the cheap bastard in Western Culture
The three builders worked on their on separate sections to build the walls, all the while expecting the reward that would be given to them by King of Laomedon. So after the work had been completed, three dragons immediately attacked the city (you weren't expecting that now were you?) The two that attacked Poseidon's and Apollo's walls fell down dead almost after they banged into the fortifications, but the third one was able to break through Aeacus' wall and get into the city. When Apollo had seen this, he predicted that it would be through the hands of a descendant of Aeacus that Troy would be destroyed (foreshadowing much?) Anyway, repairs were made and the two gods demanded a reward, but Laomedon did not give them anything. What happens as a result, well I believe that should be the subject of next week's blog. (I never did a cliffhanger before, god it feels great!)
Laomedon is going to get hurt... a lot