Trojan War in popular culture

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Trojan War

Akhilleus Patroklos Antikensammlung Berlin F2278.jpg
Achilles tending the wounded Patroclus
(Attic red-figure kylix, c. 500 BC)

The war

Setting: Troy (modern Hisarlik, Turkey)
Period: Bronze Age
Traditional dating: c. 1194–1184 BC
Modern dating: between 1260 and 1240 BC
Outcome: Greek victory, destruction of Troy
See also: Historicity of the Iliad

Literary sources

Iliad · Epic Cycle · Aeneid, Book 2 ·
Iphigenia in Aulis · Philoctetes ·
Ajax · The Trojan Women · Posthomerica
See also: Trojan War in popular culture


Judgement of Paris · Seduction of Helen ·
Trojan Horse · Sack of Troy · The Returns ·
Wanderings of Odysseus ·
Aeneas and the Founding of Rome

Greeks and allies

Agamemnon · Achilles · Helen · Menelaus · Nestor · Odysseus · Ajax · Diomedes · Patroclus · Thersites · Achaeans · Myrmidons
See also: Catalogue of Ships

Trojans and allies

Priam · Hecuba · Hector · Paris · Cassandra · Andromache · Aeneas · Memnon  · Troilus · Penthesilea and the Amazons · Sarpedon
See also: Trojan Battle Order

Related topics

Homeric question · Archaeology of Troy · Mycenae · Bronze Age warfare

There is a wide range of ways in which people have represented the Trojan War in popular culture.



The pre-war episodes of Leda and the Swan and the Judgement of Paris were frequent subjects in art from the Renaissance onwards.


Innumerable ancient items, including:







In reality the Trojan War is little known except via Homer, and had little or no effect on the history of the Middle East[citation needed] (but Troy and Ilion are mentioned in passing in Hittite records and there is a theory connecting the aftermath of the Trojan War with the Sea people). But medieval European writers (for example Snorri Sturluson) trying to reconstruct world history sometimes treated Homer and the Aeneid as true records and the Trojan War as the great epoch-dividing battle of the age with widespread effects across Europe.





Television and radio[edit]

Comics and graphic novels[edit]

  • Marvel Illustrated
    • The Iliad (2008) (Hardcover), ISBN 978-0-7851-2383-5, collecting issues #1 - 8, adapted by Roy Thomas and Miguel Angel Sepulveda from the epic poem.
    • The Odyssey (2009) (Hardcover), ISBN 978-0-7851-1908-1, collecting issues #1 - 8, adapted by Roy Thomas and Greg Tocchini from the epic poem.
    • The Trojan War (2009) (Hardcover), ISBN 978-0-7851-3862-4, collecting issues #1 - 5, adapted by Roy Thomas and Miguel Angel Sepulveda based on Epic Cycle and other ancient sources.
  • The Trojan War app (2013) (App Store (iOS) application), published by Kichigai Editions.