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Troy

EW offers a ''Troy'' history lesson. In order to follow the film's story line, EW provides the lowdown on Helen, the Trojan horse, and the poet Homer

HELEN When Trojan prince Paris stole the queen of Sparta around 1184 B.C., her hubby King Menelaus and his brother Agamemnon massed an army to retrieve her (and waged war in what is now Turkey).

TROJAN HORSE Presented to the Trojans as a gift for the goddess Athena, the horse was so big ''that a portion of the city wall had to be dismantled to let it in,'' says Nancy Worman, assistant prof of classics at Barnard College.

HOMER ''The Iliad,'' the poet's epic about the 10-year war between Troy and Greece, was composed nearly 400 years after the fact.

Originally posted May 21, 2004 Published in issue #766 May 21, 2004 Order article reprints