Year 1184 BC :: The city of Troy was sacked and burned

According to the Greek scholar Eratosthenes, this day in 1184 BC saw the fall of Troy after the Trojan War. The Trojan War was the consequence of a series of events starting with Paris of Troy eloping with Helen. Helen was the wife of Menelaus, king of Sparta. Enraged and humiliated by this event, Menelaus, aided by his brother Agamemnon and an army of Greeks, set sail for Troy with the mission to rescue Helen and destroy the Trojan city.

The Trojan War continued for ten years but the Greeks could not breach the walls of the city. Finally, they devised a plan to build a wooden horse and offer it to the Trojans as a symbol of peace. The Trojans gave in when they saw the horse and allowed it to be brought inside the city. However, what they did not know was that there were a number of Greek soldiers hiding inside the horse. No sooner did the Greeks manage to enter Troy, than they sacked and burned the city. They opened the gates for the remaining soldiers to infiltrate. They looted the temples, killed innocents and put an end to the long war.

Listen to this audiobook on the story of the Trojan War here.