The Trojan War

Have You ever heard the term ‘Trojan Horse’?  If so, you have most likely heard about it as a type of computer program or code that looks fine but then actually harms your computer when you open it.  You will understand why this is an appropriate name if you read Homer’s  epic poem The Iliad.  The story of the Trojan Horse was actually a big event at the end of the Trojan War in Greek mythology.  The story of the Trojan horse was that tail.662px-the_procession_of_the_trojan_horse_in_troy_by_giovanni_domenico_tiepolo

According to the story, the Trojan war started when , one one day, the Greek king of Sparta, Menalaiuss, invited eligible suitors to try and win the hand of his daughter, Queen Helen of Sparta.  A man from the nearby city of Troy (in Turkey) named Prince Paris, came to Sparta to try his luck and marry Queen Helen.  There were many other suitors there, and the king said they all had to promise to leave peacefully if Helen choses one of the other suitors. On the other hand, if she is kidnapped, all the other suitors must track that man down and kill him.  Well, guess what?  Paris then kidnapped Helen and took her to Troy! When the king and suitors  heard this news, they were mad. The king then waged war against the Trojans to try and get Helen back. The king then waged war against the Trojans.  They battled for almost ten years and could not get through the Trojan’s defensive walls. They would need to change their tactics.

A prophet at Troy predicted that there would be a giant horse that would conquer Troy, but nobody believed him, and for this they fed him and his sons to a snake. But meanwhile, in Greece, they were actually building a giant wooden horse on wheels, and inside they could hide a few of their best warriors in.  And so, in the cover of  night the Greeks carried it to Troy on a boat, secretly loaded men into it, and placed  in front of the Trojans gate.  They then pretended to retreat back to their ships and sail away, as if they had finally given up.  The Trojans celebrated their victory—or so they thought! They had noticed the large horse outside the gate and thought it was a gift from the gods, so they (foolishly!) brought it inside their walls. This is just what the Greeks predicted they would do.  The Trojans woke up the next morning surprised to find that the hidden passengers  had opened the gate and let in the entire Greek army.   What they thought was a gift and a symbol of their victory ended up being the downfall of their city!  Of course, Helen was rescued.

I learned a valuable from this story: if you ever think you’ve won an argument with your brother or sister and then find a present  outside your door–don’t open it!




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