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The Epic Cycle and the Trojan War

National Geographic - The True Story of Troy

In Greek mythology, the Trojan War was waged against the city of Troy by the Achaeans (Greeks) after Paris of Troy took Helen from her husband Menelaus king of Sparta. The war is one of the most important events in Greek mythology and has been narrated through many works of Greek literature, most notably through Homer's Iliad. The Iliad relates a part of the last year of the siege of Troy; the Odyssey describes the journey home of Odysseus, one of the war's heroes. Other parts of the war are described in a cycle of epic poems, which have survived through fragments. Episodes from the war provided material for Greek tragedy and other works of Greek literature, and for Roman poets including Virgil and Ovid.

Online encyclopaedias

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Suggested articles include:

ClickView - The Real Trojan War

Drawn History - The Trojan War

Crash Course - The Odyssey

Online databases

Online databases offer a huge selection of articles about any topic. Many allow you to listen as you read along. It is best to open the Online databases page from the portal and access the articles from there. Suggested articles include:

EBSCO

 

Was there a Trojan War? Recorded sometime in the eighth century B.C., the Iliad represents the culmination of several centuries of oral epic poetry that wove a complex story of the relationship between mortals and gods. Some scholars, however, still cast doubt on the notion of a historical Trojan War, stressing that our belief in its existence is based ultimately on the creation of Homer, who was a poet, not a historian.
EBSCO The Trojan War An excerpt from Bullfinch's Mythology.
EBSCO The Legend of Troy Mycenae was the center of the ancient Greek world around 1400 B.C. It was a home to the legendary King Agamemnon who was the leader of the Greeks in the Trojanwar. The war which was fought between the Greeks and the Trojans lasted for 10 years. 

The Odyssey

Podcasts - The Trojan War

A series of podcasts because  the Trojan War epic is one really big story.  Make it portable – so you can listen along on your commute to school, or during your time at the gym, or wherever else it is that you tune in to podcasts – this podcaster is breaking the Trojan War epic down into bite-sized episodes, or “chapters”. Welcome to "The Trojan War Podcast".

Reference Generator

It is important to provide evidence of using a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create your citations. Make sure you alphabetically sort them afterwards.

A sample bibliography for 3 resources suggested on these pages would look like:

Green, J 2014, A Long and Difficult Journey, or The Odyssey: Crash Course Literature 201, 27 February, accessed 14 March 2018, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS4jk5kavy4>.

Trojan War 2018. Britannica School. Retrieved 14 March 2018, from https://school.eb.com.au/levels/middle/article/Trojan-War/277430

‘Trojan War’ 2013, in Encyclopaedia of Ancient History, accessed 14 March 2018, <https://www.ancient.eu/Trojan_War/>