Demophon, The Greeks, The Trojan War, The Trojan War--single figure with spear and shield
Item Number: TWG-11
Acamas, The Greeks, The Trojan War, The Trojan War--single figure
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.
Demophon was the son of Theseus and Phaedra, and brother of Acamas. He fought with his brother in the Trojan War, and was among those who entered the city in the Trojan Horse. The brothers freed their grandmother Aethra, who had been captured by the Dioscuri and served Helen as a handmaid for a while, and brought her home.
Demophon married Phyllis, daughter of a Thracian king, while he stopped in Thrace on his journey home from the Trojan War. On the next day after the wedding, he had to leave, promising to return and take Phyllis with him as soon as possible. She gave him a casket and told him not to open it unless he should lose every hope to return to Thrace.
Demophon eventually settled in Cyprus and forgot about Phillis. She would come to the sea shore every day, expecting to see the sails of his ship, but in vain. After the appointed date was past, she either died or killed herself.
One day Demophon opened the casket out of curiosity, what he saw there was so horrifying that he jumped onto his horse and rode wildly away, until he fell off his horse onto his own sword, and died.
Due to be released in SEPTEMBER 2022.