Cast of Characters
One of the most interesting aspects of Greek mythology is the fact that mere mortals (human beings who can die) are thrown into the mix with immortals (gods, goddesses and other deities), who cannot die. In this way, the gods who watch from above can manipulate the story and they can change the odds of a battle, make things more difficult for their foes or help heroes behave like heroes. Since the gods are able to meddle into the affairs of humans, beasts and other deities on earth, anything can be created: romance, epic battles, and allegories –characters and events that represent other things and that symbolically express a deeper spiritual, moral (or even political) outcome.
The cast of characters for the Trojan War is immense. The ones who are the glue that hold the story together are:
Achilles: Born of Peleus, a mortal man and Thetis, a goddess of the sea. He will be a champion of the Achaean army.
Agamemnon: He is brother to the king of Sparta, Menelaus and leader of the Achaeans; he brings the Greek armies together.
Helen: The wife of King Menelaus. Paris kidnapped her and carried her away to Troy. The Achaeans go to war with the Trojans to get her back. You could say she is one of the inciting incidents.
Paris: Paris is the man who takes Helen, the wife of Menelaus and (the most beautiful woman in Greece with a “face that launched a thousand ships"); Paris is the son of King Priam of Troy.
Hector: Another son of King Priam of Troy; a champion of the Trojan army.