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Trojan War

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Definition of Trojan War in English:

The legendary ten-year siege of Troy by a coalition of Greeks, described in Homer’s Iliad.

The Greeks were attempting to recover Helen, wife of Menelaus, who had been abducted by the Trojan prince Paris. The war ended with the capture of the city by a trick: the Greeks ostensibly ended the siege but left behind a group of men concealed in a hollow wooden horse so large that the city walls had to be breached for it to be drawn inside

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