Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday Trivia

The answer to yesterday's question is:

Today's question is:
Helen of Troy was the impetus for which war, fought between which two forces? Who won?


EK said...

The Trojan War between Troy and the city-states of Greece; the Greeks ultimately prevailed.

Anonymous said...

Mycenae versus Troy.

The Trojans lost.

Hard to claim that the Mycenaeans won given how things turned out (Achilles dead, Agamemnon murdered when he arrived home [which led to disaster for his whole house], Big Ajax commits suicide, Odysseus spends 10 years trying to get home, most of the rest of the army gets shipwrecked and/or dies at sea, ...).

Menalaus and Helen did okay.

-Mark Roulo

Steve USMA '85 said...

The Trojan War.

Helen's was the face that launched a 1,000 ships.

While some say that the Greeks won, you could make the argument that in the end, the Trojans won. Romulus & Remus were sons of Aeneas who escaped from the fall of Troy. Romulus founded Rome, which went on to subjugate Greece for over 400 years. Had Aeneas not been forced to flee, Greece may have maintained more freedom through history.

Curmudgeon said...

Unit of beauty: one "helen" is the amount of beauty needed to launch 1000 ships. One milli-helen is the beauty required to launch one ship.

Anonymous said...

It is said that Helen had beauty that launched 1,000 ships. Therefore, simple math tells us that a milli-Helen is the amount of beauty required to launch 1 ship.

Bonus: A decadent is equal to 3 and 1/3 tridents.