Mortal Women of the Trojan War
The Women of the Trojan War in Latin Literature

Many people are familiar with the story of Achilles and Hector, of Ajax and Telamon, of Menelaus and Agamemnon. The epic battles between heroes during the Trojan War find themselves immortalized in artwork ranging from Attic vases to contemporary paintings.

The validity of the myth of Troy has been questioned. Heinrich Schliemann, Wilhelm Dorpfeld, Carl Blegen, and Manfred Korfmann, among others, have excavated ruins in an attempt to unravel the secrets of Troy.

Did Troy exist? Was there really a Trojan War? Did Helen really have the face that launched a thousand ships? Did Athena really guide Paris' bow?

Who knows?

But the epic tale - told and retold in so many different mediums and ways - is rich and alive with mythology, culture, history, and emotions that still resound in today's society.

While the battles between Greek and Trojan heroes are famous, the stories of Helen, Iphigenia, and Cassandra are almost equally well-known. Perhaps less well known, however, are the stories of other women, such as the stories of Laodamia's anguish and Penthesilea's heroism.

It is the purpose of this website to collect references of the mortal women of the Trojan War. Each woman's story is fascinating not only for its entertainment value, but also for its historical value and its glimpse into what life might have been like. The stories also display emotions, dilemmas, and personalities that are familiar today, thousands of years later.

I (Rita) created this site as an independent study project for my Latin class. I thought it would be a fun way to gather information about the mythology and culture of Troy as well as an opportunity to translate the works of various authors. All translations from Latin, as well as all of the mistakes, are my own. I hope that, as time progresses, I will be able to add more women to this website. Feel free to contact me with any comments, questions, suggestions, criticisms, and praise (always welcome : )).

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