Monday, April 25, 2011
UNEXPECTED TWIST OF FATES ...
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Easter. Today marks the final week in the A-Z challenge. I for one am happy that this challenge has been such a successful one. Over one thousand of us have maintained the challenge posting exciting and usual entries. Today will be another mysterious mythological hero. I hope you enjoy it.
I was destined to be a hero and King of Ithaca at my birth. Protected by the the goddess of wisdom, Athena, I often found solutions to extremely difficult problems. One in particular troubled my people for decades.
I like so many others was in love with the incredibly beautiful, Helen. After her arranged marriage to Menelaus and giving birth to a child, she fell in love with the handsome and charming, Paris, and was whisked away while her husband visited Crete to attend to a funeral amongst other things.
After a world-wind romance Helen and Paris eventually arriving in Troy, the city fell in love with her including Paris’ father, Priam.
Upon returning to Sparta, Menelaus learned of his wife’s infidelity and outraged banded all of Helen’s former suitors to rescue her from the clutches of Troy, vowing to kill her. On our treacherous journey to Troy, it was I who had formed the plan. A plan so simple, yet no one believed it could work. After weeks of convincing Menelaus, we began to build.
Scurrying the terrain for trees, the greek heroes and myself constructed a two story-horse under the watchful eyes of Trojans. In several weeks our mission was complete.
Offered to Priam as a gift to end this decade long war, the un-penetrable gates of Troy finally opened.
To their utter surprise and shock, we jumped out from the beast’s belly and rescued Helen. Trying so desperately to have his revenge on her, Menelaus could never harm a daughter of Zeus.
I left to travel back home to Ithaca which took another long ten years. I had many adventures on the way back, which have been immortalized in the pages of Homer’s Odyssey. Of course in his works, I was known as Odysseus. But many know me by my more famous Roman name, Ulysses.