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Myrmidon Warriors (TWT-16 & TWT-17), The Myrmidons, The Greeks, The Trojan War--two figures
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Myrmidon Warriors (TWT-16 & TWT-17), The Myrmidons, The Greeks, The Trojan War

THE TROJAN WAR

THE GREEKS

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 MYRMIDONS

The Myrmidons were an ancient Thessalian Greek tribe.  In Homer’s Iliad, the Myrmidons are the soldiers commanded by Achilles, and were known for wearing black armour.  Their eponymous ancestor was Myrmidon, a King of Phthiotis who was a son of Zeus and Eurymedousa a princess of Phthiotis.  She was seduced by him in the form of an ant.  Their name in classical Greek was interpretated as “ant-people”.  This was first mentioned by Ovid in Metamorphoses, where the Myrmidons were described as simple worker ants on the island of Aegina.

The Myrmidons of Greek myth were known for their loyalty to their leaders, so that in pre-industrial Europe the word "myrmidon" carried many of the same connotations that “robot” does today.  According to the Oxford English Dictionary Myrmidon later became to mean “hired ruffian”

Due to be released in JULY 2022.