March 10, 2016 at 4:02 pm

Classics & World Religions | Causes of the Trojan War, March 16

trojan horseWhat was the cause of the Trojan War? Was it the abduction of Helen? Was it the marriage of Peleus and Thetis? Was it men’s impiety? Was it Earth’s request to Zeus to relieve her from the burden of people? Was it gods’ or men’s decision? What was the will of Zeus? What does a war mean to humans’ destiny? We will try to find some answers to these questions based on the evidence provided by Homeric epics and the Epic Cycle.

Dr. Menelaos Christopoulos will present his talk The Causes of the Trojan War on Wednesday, March 16th, in Ellis Hall room 024 at 7:00pm.


Menelaos Christopoulos is a Professor of Ancient Greek Literature at the University of Patras. Trained as a classicist at the University of Thessaloniki and the University of Nanterre, he received his PhD from the University of Sorbonne. Among his publications are: Views of Helen in Epic and Drama, (2007), Light and Darkness in Ancient Greek Myth and Religion (2010), and Crime and Punishment in Homeric and Archaic Epic (2014).


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