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The missing voice destroyed even the victor. The war lasted year after year long past most caring about the original cause.
A culture that prized honor had been dishonored and one of the most sacred relationships in the society had been disfigured, but nearly ten years later nobody was going to win. If Troy fell, as the will of Zeus decreed, the Greeks would be too exhausted and too long gone from home to have won much. Even the great wealth of Troy could not pay for ten years of warfare on a barren coast, even for those who managed to get that wealth home over dangerous seas. The wily Odysseus certainly would not.
Standards - Homeric - Age - War - Fought
What went wrong? What went wrong even by the standards of the Homeric age? Why did a war fought with hope of glory yield so little with heroes killed by lesser men? There were wise voices like Priam, king of Troy, that might have found a better solution than endless war. Even apish fools, see Thersites, knew that the war had become futile. Why did wisdom fail?
A partial answer, even within the Homeric worldview, is the missing voice of human women. The gods and goddess continue their endless search for entertainment at our expense. Athena is heard. Thetis, the goddess mother of Achilles, moves Zeus and gains honor for son. Women understood the doom that was coming: Cassandra prophesied it all and was ignored. Helen, the face that launched a thousand ships, understood she was not worth it, but the men were not listening. If court was one power in the Homeric world, home was another and home was corrupted by the endless War.
Agamemnon - Home - Wife - Lover - Odysseus
Agamemnon destroyed his own home and while he was gone was replaced by his wife and her lover. Odysseus’ wise and noble wife Penelope ended...
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