Winner of the “Ideal Man” award is Hector, Prince of Troy

Ladies, I got your attention, didn’t I?  You actually thought there was a modern prince of a city (or country) called Troy who made it to Hollywood’s “Most Beautiful People” list.  Well, for all of you who have distinct memories of their ancient history courses in high school and college, congratulations.  You already know by now that I’m talking about a legendary prince from an ancient city in Asia Minor called Troy.

Eric Bana as Hector in the 2004 film “Troy”

Ah, look at Hector.  Isn’t he…something?  Homer, the first known poet of the ancient world, described Hector as the noblest Prince of Troy, a great warrior, a devoted husband, a just leader.  And where is Troy?  A city in Asia Minor that may or may not have existed at some point in time.  That goes for the royal household of Troy as well.  The war between Ancient Troy and Greece is noted in Herodotus’ Histories (the first recorded history book), in legends, in Homer’s two epic poems.  Supposedly, it was all about a woman who wanted to leave her husband.  And conquering a nation that was rich and prosperous.  The Sack of Troy was only “completed” thanks to “clever Odysseus” and the Trojan Horse.  Odysseus, who was so clever in the Iliad that Homer just had to devote an entire epic to him alone (the Odyssey, anyone?).  Ahem!  I’m digressing, aren’t I?  Anyway, if Hector was as good-looking as Eric Bana here and he was exactly like the honorable “god in human form” that Homer paints him out to be, who wouldn’t fall in love with him, an ideal fictional character and the best leading man in an ancient poem like the Iliad?

As far as Hector’s public life is concerned, Homer mentions that Hector was very much against the war against the Greeks, especially Paris’ abduction of Helen.  In fact, I’m surprised that the famously beautiful Helen of Troy didn’t get interested in Hector instead of his foppish brother (thank you Homer for that insight).  If only Hector weren’t married to meek Andromache at the time…but what if he wasn’t?  And forget about Paris (NOT the city)…I always thought that Paris got way too much attention as a character from the deities and the general audience, especially female audiences.  Remember that flop of an epic movie from 2004, Troy?  Well, Hector was so much more than just the guy who was respected and later killed by Achilles (another character in the Iliad who didn’t really deserve to be in the limelight).  He was like General Maximus in the 2000 film Gladiator, only better.  However, both of them meet the same fate, which kind of heroic, romantic, tragic, and downright pathetic all at the same time.  And sort of…depressing.  But think about it.  Most people name other fictional characters they admire most, or secretly have a crush on.  But nobody names Hector, Prince of Troy.  Surprising, even shocking, but true.

Nevertheless, I’m confident that you ladies (and maybe even guys) out there will be adding this amazing character to your list of favorites…and maybe even renting Troy for a second (or first) look at how Bana handles his major role in the 2004 film.  Personally, I have only seen clips of the film, and I don’t plan on watching it anytime soon.  Unfortunately for me, there aren’t any pictures of what the real Hector could have looked like, so actor Eric Bana will have to do for now until I figure out who could really play Hector well.  Hector needs a new film…or a novel…all about him, not his battle with Achilles.  Forget about the Iliad as the only framework.  Fellow writers and your imaginations, are you listening? 😉

Natalie Gorna

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