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Welcome back to another edition of “Historical Inaccuracies”, today I’ll be discussing the Brad Pitt and Eric Bana story of Troy. Before Troy, Wolfgang Petersen was known for his impeccable work on Das Boot, The Neverending Story, Air Force One, and a number of other well-known titles.
- The war took 10 years, not 17 days as depicted in the film
- Brad Pitt’s Achilles was dead before the horse was built and sent to Troy
- Ajax committed suicide in real life after being denied the armor of Achilles after Achilles’ death
- Paris died of an arrow wound in Troy
- The opening map depicts a place called “Phtia” which is misspelled, the correct spelling it “Phthia”
- The lower city of Troy was protected by a deep trench, not a wall
- Agamemnon did no unify Greece, that didn’t happen until Alexander the Great ruled – facts
- In the film Helen claims Sparta was not her home and she was not sent there until she was 16 to marry Menelaus. In reality, her parents were King and Queen of Sparta at the time of her birth and she chose Menelaus to marry, gaining him the throne of Sparta once they were married.
- Achilles was actually dressed as a woman to avoid going to war
- Patroclus is depicted as the cousin of Achilles, in reality Patroclus and Achilles were lovers
- There were no llamas in Troy for at least another 2,800 years when they were brought over from Peru