What was the Trojan Horse?



ONE after another the chief warriors on either side were slain in the great siege of Troy. Paris himself perished, and the fickle Helen found another mate. And still the city remained defiant, its walls impregnable. At length the shrewd Ulysses suggested the capture of the city by stratagem. At his command the Greeks built a vast horse of wood; it was hollow and was filled with soldiers. Then the other Greeks sailed away in their ships, leaving the horse alone upon the shore. The Trojans poured out of their city to rejoice, and were told by a pretended deserter that the horse was a divine protection which would make their city unconquerable forever. At that, they dragged the unwieldy thing inside their walls. Several prophets among them warned them of their danger. One drove a spear into the side of the horse, and a wounded Greek within it groaned. Yet the Trojans were determined; the horse entered the city.

That same night the hidden soldiers crept cautiously out and opened the city gates. The Greeks who had sailed away had come back in the night. They rushed madly into Troy, and the city was conquered. It was given over to flame and slaughter. Helen was seized and given back to Menelaus. The object of the ten years' war was at length accomplished, and Troy existed no more.






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