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Tiring of indecisive battles, Menelaos offered to fight Paris in single-combat and so settle the issue of the war.
The Trojans also had help from the gods, receiving assistance during the battle from Apollo, Aphrodite, Ares, and Leto.
Athena, Poseidon, Hera, Hephaistos, Hermes, and Thetis all gave direct or indirect help to the Greeks in Homer’s account of the war.
The gods had their favourites amongst the men fighting down on the plains of Troy and they often protected them by deflecting spears and even spiriting them away in the heat of battle to put them down somewhere safe, far from danger.
The Greeks imagined the war to have occurred some time in the 13th century BCE.
However, the war was also the subject of a long oral tradition prior to Homer’s work, and this, combined with other sources such as the fragmentary The Trojan War, in Greek tradition, started as a way for Zeus to reduce the ever-increasing population of humanity and, more practically, as an expedition to reclaim Helen, wife of Menelaos, King of Sparta and brother of Agamemnon.
If Paris had not swayed at the last moment, he would surely have been killed outright.