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  • proper n. Decade long war waged by Sparta, under king Agamemnon, against the Trojans, to avenge the abduction of Helen, wife of king Menelaus, by Paris, son of Trojan king Priam; ended in the destruction of Troy.

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  • n. (Greek mythology) a great war fought between Greece and Troy; the Greeks sailed to Troy to recover Helen of Troy, the beautiful wife of Menelaus who had been abducted by Paris; after ten years the Greeks (via the Trojan Horse) achieved final victory and burned Troy to the ground

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  • Troy: City on the Hellespont in northwest Asia Minor that was the scene of the Trojan War of Greek legend.

    Alexander the Great

  • The Trojan War began when the goddess Strife rolled an apple into a banquet held by the gods.

    Alexander the Great

  • 'Cynegetics' and 'Halieutics'; QUINTUS CALABER his Poem of the Trojan War continued from Homer; APOLLONIUS RHODIUS his 'Argonautics'; and, in prose, PLUTARCH'S 'Placita Philosophorum' and [Greek: Peri Paidon Agogias]; GEMINUS'S Astronomy, XENOPHON'S Cyri Institutio and Anabasis, AELIAN'S 'Tactics,' and POLYAENUS his 'Warlike Stratagems.'

    The Life of John Milton

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