Where Was the Trojan War Fought?

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According to Greek mythology, the Trojan War was fought between the Greeks and the Trojans in the city of Troy in Asia Minor. This is the region of modern-day Turkey. The war took place from 1194 to 1184 B.C., lasting nearly 10 years.

As the popular story goes, the beautiful Helen was wife to Menelaus, the king of Sparta. She eloped with Paris, who was the prince of Troy. The Greeks sought to get Helen back from the Trojans. They found it difficult to enter Troy, and they used the gift of a huge wooden horse to gain entrance and sack the city.

History and fiction have intertwined to make this war one of the most talked about wars in ancient Greek history. While many historians believe that ancient sources have distorted and even fabricated events, there is a general consensus that the story is based upon a Greek attack against Troy. However, the details of this attack are unknown.