The end of the war


Wine jar, made in Athens about 470-450 BC


When the Greeks got inside the city, they began killing people wildly. To make sure that none of Hector's family lived to avenge his death, they even killed his old father Priam, the king of Troy, and his baby son Astyanax.

Menelaos found Helen. He drew his sword to kill her because of all the trouble she had caused, but the goddess Aphrodite protected her, and when Menelaos looked at Helen, he was so overwhelmed with her beauty that his sword fell to the ground. The vase painter shows Helen (at the far right) running away in fear of Menelaos. Notice how Menelaos' sword falls from his hand.