When I was watching the movie Troy I noticed that the Trojans screwed themselves in the end. It was around the time Achilles challenged Hector after Hector killed Achilles’ cousin. Achilles wanted revenge and traveled alone to the Trojan gate and challenged the prince in a 1 on 1 fight.
This is where the Trojans screwed themselves. Why let the prince challenge a man in a 1 on 1 fight? Why let the most important piece of your military outside alone? Hector’s dead was crucial to the fall of Troy.
What I would’ve done is simple. Forget the pride. If Hector didn’t except he would’ve been labeled a coward by outsiders. But is one man’s pride worth the faith of an entire city? No, it’s not. It put the whole city in jeopardy.
You shoot Achilles. Troy had the finest archers in the lands at this time. A wall that was impregnable. Achilles was the greatest warrior at that time and killing him would all but ensure Troy’s survival.
This really happened too. This wasn’t just overblown movie plot, this really happened. In real life, Achilles chased Hector around the city a few times. At no point did anyone think to shoot Achilles. Sheer logic killed the Trojans, not the thousands of troops Greece sent.