There once was a lady called Helen, she lived in a Greek city-state called Sparta. Helen, the daughter of Zeus and married to King Menelaus was said to be the most beautiful woman in the world. One day a prince by the name of Paris who lived in the city-state of Troy came and kidnapped Helen.
Helen's husband, Menelaus told his brother Agamemnon, king of Mycenae, to go and retrieve her. He accepted his brothers will and set off for Troy with his soldiers, the king of Ithaca Odysseus and the hero Achilles.
The Spartans and Trojans were at war for ten years. The Spartans had to think of a way to trick the Trojans into letting them inside the city's walls. So They pretended to leave Troy and left a peace offering of the Trojan horse. However, hiding inside this massive, wooden horse were the Spartans ready to attack.
One night when all the Trojans were very drunk and partying, the Spartans poured out of the horse, and took the Trojans by surprise. Once the Spartans finally took Troy, it was found that Paris and Achilles had been killed. Helen was then reunited with Menelaus.
When Odysseus and his fleet left Troy to go back to Ithaca, he encountered many challenges along the way. Homer a Greek poet, called it 'The Odyssey'. Odysseus had to face, Polyphemus the cyclops, The Sirens, who lure sailors to their death, a witch called Circe, and the wrath of Poseidon.
By the end of The Odyssey, Odysseus had returned home to the island of Ithaca. Odysseus's ship was the sole ship remaining of the fleet as the others had been sunk or thought to have been eaten by monsters.