Trojan War is one of the most important wars in the recorded Greek history. The war is believed to have been fought between the Greeks and Trojans near the city of Troy over Helen of Sparta. It happened after Paris, prince of Troy, abducts Helen. The war, although not historically confirmed, attained an epic status with Homer’s Iliad and the Odyssey. Over the years the Trojan War warriors became stuff of heroic tales. Some people entertain themselves by reading about the war. Few others try to squeeze out the symbolic meaning.
The commander-in-chief of the Trojan Forces, Hector was the best warrior on Trojan side. He was a very noble man. It is believed that Hector was always against the war but he was forced to fight for the sovereignty of his state. He killed Achilles’ best friend Patroclus and this was the only reason that consumed the life of this great warrior.
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Patroclus was a close friend of Achilles. He fought the war on Greeks’ Side. This skillful combatant was considered to be one of the finest warriors in the Trojan War; even the Trojans admitted it. He fought Hector when Achilles refused to fight him in one-on-one combat. He gave his best but ultimately lost the battle as he was unevenly matched.
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Another fearless warrior who fought the war bravely was Aeneas. He was the son of Aphrodite who protects him during the course of the war. Aeneas is believed to be the second best warrior next to the great Hector on the Trojan side. It is believed that this great warrior fought till the very end even when the Troy was burning all around him. Finally he leaves a burning Troy and later lays the foundations of ancient Rome.
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Diomedes was considered as the best warrior on the Greek side other than Achilles. He is believed to have played a very important role in the war for the Greeks. Legend says that he killed warriors like Pandarus, Aenenas and wounded deities Ares and Aphrodite in a span of one day; single-handedly. He was a very shrewd impersonator who befooled many in the Trojan forces.
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Agamemnon was considered to be a very rude and authoritative leader. He was the commander–in–chief of the Greek forces during the epic war. He was a very brave warrior who set many examples of valor in the war for both sides. According to one account he got involved in a conflict with Achilles over a woman named Breseis which bred factions in their army.
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Turnus was the king of Rutulia. It is believed that he was an arch rival of Aeneas. A very courageous character, he was instrumental in shaping up many decisive moments during the war. He killed many Trojans in the war. Ultimately, he lost his life in a single combat with Aeneas after struggling for many hours.
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4. Ajax the Greater:
Next to Achilles, Ajax Greater was the most handsome and courageous Greek in Troy. Ajax Greater was chosen to fight against Hector. The war ended after a long fight in a draw after which both of the combatants exchanged gifts with each other, Ajax gifting his belt in return of sword. He is believed to have defended Patroclus’ dead body against the Trojans.
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3. Ajax the Lesser:
Ajax the Lesser was smaller in stature than other Greek warriors by a foot but this Trojan War warrior had many great skills to his credit that made him stand out from the crowd. He was considered to be the most skilled lancer in the Greek side. He was one of the fleetest runners among the Greeks. It is said that he was the first one to volunteer for a single combat with Hector.
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Odysseus was another of the finest among the Trojan War warriors. He was considered to be the second best only to Achilles in the war. He was considered to be the mystery solver in the war. Odysseus came up with the idea of the Trojan Horse that helped in changing the outcome of the war in coming time. He was one of the few warriors from Greece who reached his homeland of Ithaca, after 10 years of war.
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Achilles was considered as the best warrior who fought the war from the Greece’s side. He remained unbeatable throughout the war due to his unmatched combating skills and valor.
Achilles was invulnerable in body except for his heel. Gods conspired against him and guided Paris to shoot an arrow on his heel which led to his death.
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