Deiphobus, Prince of Troy, Troy and Her Allies, The Trojan War--single figure with spear and shield
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Deiphobus, Prince of Troy, Troy and Her Allies, The Trojan War
THE TROJAN WAR
Traditionally, the Trojan War arose from a sequence of events beginning with a quarrel between the goddesses Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite. Eris the goddess of discord, was not invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, and so arrived bearing a gift: A golden apple, inscribed “for the fairest”.
Each of the goddesses claimed to be the “fairest”, and the rightful owner of the apple. They submitted the judgement to a shepherd they encountered tending his flock. Each of the goddesses promised the young man a boon in return for his favour. Power, wisdom, or love. The youth, in fact Paris, a Trojan prince who had been raised in the countryside, chose love, and awarded the apple to Aphrodite.
As his reward, Aphrodite caused Helen, the Queen of Sparta, and the most beautiful of all women, to fall in love with Paris.
The judgement of Paris earned him the ire of both Hera and Athena, and when Helen left her husband, Menelaus, the Spartan king, for Paris of Troy, Menelaus called upon all the kings and princes of Greece to wage war upon Troy.
Menelaus’ brother Agamemnon King of Mycenae, led an expedition of Achaean troops to Troy and besieged the city for ten years because of Paris’ insult. After the death of many heroes, including the Achaeans, Achilles and Ajax and the Trojans Hector and Paris, the city fell to the ruse of the Trojan Horse. The Achaeans slaughtered the Trojans, except for some of the women and children whom they kept or sold as slaves. They desecrated the temples, thus earning the wrath of the gods.
Few of the Achaeans returned safely to their homes, and many founded colonies in distant shores. The Romans later traced their origin to Aeneas, Aphrodite’s son and one of the Trojans, who was said to have led the surviving Trojans to modern day Italy.
The Trojans, too had their semi-divine heroes and these included Hector (son of Priam), Aeneas, Sarpedon, and Glaucus, just to name a few. They also had help from the gods, receiving assistance during the battle from Apollo, Aphrodite, Ares and Leto.
In Greek Mythology, Deiphobus was a son of Priam and Hecuba. He was a prince of Troy, and the greatest of Priam’s sons after Hector and paris.
Deiphobus is known to have killed four men of fame in the Trojan War.
According to the Iliad, Deiphobus along with his brother Helenus, led a group of soldiers at the siege of the newly constructed Greek wall and killed many, and wounded the hero Meriones.
As Hector was fleeing Achilles, Athena took the shape of Deiphobus and goaded Hector to make a stand and fight. Hector thinking it was his brother, listened and threw his spear at Achilles. When the spear missed, Hector turned around to ask his brother for another spear, but “Deiphobus” had vanished. It was then Hector knew the gods had deceived and forsaken him, and he met his fate at the hand of Achilles.
After the death of Paris, Deiphobus was given Helen of Troy as a bride for his deeds in the war, defeating the bid of his brother, Helenus.
During the sack of Troy, Deiphobus was slain by either Odysseus or Menelaus, and his body was mutilated.
Released in SEPTEMBER 2022.