Who was the leader of the Greeks in the Trojan War?

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According to the Iliad, Agamemnon, king of Mycenae, led the Greeks against Troy. Of course, there is no way to verify how much of the Iliad is historically accurate, but since it has been ascertained that there was a Troy and that it did suffer some sort of destruction by fire during the Bronze Age, it is possible that there actually was a King Agamemnon, and that he was the leader. Even more likely is that the story reflects Mycenaean leadership of a loose coalition of Greek invaders. Archaeological finds have indicated a powerful civilization that existed in Bronze Age Greece at Mycenae, and it seems likely that whoever was the political leader of that polity would have played a large role in the attack on Troy. 

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