Troilus and Cressida (Myths and Legends of the World)
Troilus and Cressida appear in medievalrelating to the Middle Ages in Europe, a period from about A.D. 500 to 1500 legend as a pair of lovers. Troilus was faithful, while Cressida was not. Their story comes from the Trojan Warf of Greek mythology. Virgil(ca. 70-19 B.C.) Roman poet who wrote the Aeneid explaining the founding of Rome mentioned Troilus in his epiclong poem about legendary or historical heroes, written in a grand style the Aeneid as one of the sons of the Trojan king Priam. He noted that Troilus was slain by the Greek hero Achillesforemost warrior in Greek mythology; hero in the war between the Greeks and the Trojans while driving a chariot. In the 1100s, a storyteller named Benoît de Sainte-Maure took these few items from Virgil's work and created an elaborate romancein medieval literature, a tale based on legend, love, and adventure, often set in a distant place or time about Troilus. Giovanni Boccaccio and Geoffrey Chaucer wrote poems about the story in the 1300s. Around 1600, William Shakespeare used the tale as the basis for his play Troilus and Cressida.
According to the medieval story, Troilus fell in love with Cressida, a young Trojan woman. She was the niece of...
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