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Map of Troy
The Patron God of Troy is Apollo
Troy is a city in the region called the Troad, and Trojan are called its citizens. At the time of the Trojan War, Troy was a well-walled city with broad streets and beautiful palaces
Dardanus son of Zeus and the Pleiad Electra lived in Samothrace. But when his brother Iasion was killed by Zeus with a thunderbolt because of his love affair with Demeter he left the island crossed the sea and settled in the territory, which at the time was ruled by Teucer
Teucer was then king of that country and the people were called Teucrians after him. King Teucer welcomed the foreigner, and gave him his daughter Batia as wife, and along with her, a share of his land. Which had a small native population, and that he believed Dardanus would assist him in his wars against barbarians.
Dardanus founded a city in the region that later was called the Troad, and lived there with his family until the death of his father-in-law, upon which he became king of the whole land and called it Dardania after himself.
When Dardanus died, his son Erichthonius became king of the Dardanians he had a son Tros who after coming to the throne, called the people Trojans, and the land Troad after himself.
Ilus son of Tros founded the city of Troy
Ilus had a son Laomedon who became king of Troy after him.
When Laomedon was king of Troy, Apollo and Poseidon decided to put him to the test. Assuming the likeness of mortal men, the two gods undertook the task of fortifying Troy for wages. But when the work was done, King Laomedon would not pay their wages. So Apollo sent a pestilence, and Poseidon sent a sea-monster . The oracles foretold deliverance if Laomedon would expose his daughter Hesione to be devoured by the sea-monster. So he, more obedient of this oracle than of his agreement with the gods, exposed Hesione to the monster by fastening her to the rocks near the sea. When Heracles saw her , he promised to save her on condition of receiving from Laomedon the horses which Zeus had given him . Once again Laomedon promised to pay for the service, and Heracles killed the monster and saved Hesione But when this was accomplished, Laomedon would not give the agreed reward.
First war against Troy
For this reason Heracles made war on Troy. Heracles deployed eighteen ships with fifty men in each, that is, an insignificant fleet compared to the one that sailed latter against Troy. After some fighting the town was besieged, and shortly Heracles entered the city he then killed Laomedon and his sons except for Priam who was then appointed new king of Troy.
A wooden statue of the goddess Athena that fell from the sky.
Athena was reared by Triton (the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite) together with his own daughter Pallas. The two girls were playmates, and once, as they were practising the arts of war and Pallas was about to strike a blow, Zeus, fearing for his daughter, used his sheild the aegis to protect Athena; and when Pallas, being caught by surprise, looked up, Athena hit her, and she fell wounded and died.
In order to calm her grief, Athena made a nine foot high wooden statue in the likeness of Pallas, with the feet joined together, and holding in its right hand a spear, and in the left a distaff and spindle. And wrapping about its breast the aegis that had frightened her friend, she set the image up beside Zeus, and honoured it in Heaven.
Afterwards Ilus, son of Tros came to Phrygia where he, after taking part in the games that were held by the king, won a victory in wrestling. As a prize, Ilus received fifty youths and fifty maidens. In addition, the king, following an oracle asked him to found a city.As he travelled he prayed to Zeus that a sign might be shown to him. It was then that he saw the Palladium, fallen from heaven and lying before his tent. On that spot he then built the city of Troy with a temple for the Palladium.
The safety of the city depends on the icons preservation As long as it stays in Troy, the city-state can not lose a war