The History Channel will debut The True Story of Troy Sunday, May 16, at 8 p.m. (EST/PST), the network said Wednesday.
Theatrical Troy, starring Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom, premieres two days earlier.
Questions History attempts to answer with its two-hour special: Did Troy really exist? Was it the site of a Trojan War between Greeks and the people of Troy? Did Greek warriors build a Trojan Horse? Or was Troy basically a myth created by Homer and other poets?
At one point during The True Story of Troy, U.S. Army Gen. John Brown, an expert on ancient warfare, assembles a group of officers around a conference table and applies modern military planning to the Trojan War.
He also speaks about the legend of the Trojan Horse, questioning whether it should be seen as actual, or possibly as "some kind of a representation, vaguely remembered, of siege equipment, the weaponry that can be brought up against walls to either bring them down or to somehow neutralize them."
National Geographic Channel is offering its take on the legend of Troy in its own one-hour special, Beyond the Movie: Conquering Troy, which will air Friday, May 7 at 9 p.m. (EST/PST).