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What is the legend behind the Torjan Horse?
 
We are sure you heard about the Torjan War. It was fought between the early Greeks and the people of Troy (now in Turkey). The scene of this great battle was the city of Troy in about 1230 BC. The war lasted for 10 years.

By Samvaad Bharti Post




 

 According to the legend, the war started in about 1240 BC. When Paris, The prince of Troy, fell in love wuth Helen, the beautiful 

 wife of King Menelaus of Sparta and carried her off to Troy with him. Menelaus' brother, the great king Agamemnom of Argos,

 summoned all the kings of the other Greek cities, and set off with a thousand ships to bring Helen back. For a number of years the

 Greeks besieged Troy without sucess. Then they devised an ingenious scheme to defeat the enemy.

 

 They built a great wooden horse which was called frojan horse. The Horse was built by Epeius, a master carpenter and pugilist. The

 Greeks concealed a raiding party inside it and left it outside the city walls. The Greeks, pretending to retreat, sailed to the nearby 

 Island of Tenedos. They left behind Sinon, who persuaded the Torjans to believe that the horse was an offering to Athena to make

 Troy impregnable. The Torjans brought the horse inside the city walls. What they did not know then was that the horse was full of 

 Greek soilders. In the middle of the night, they came out of the horse, opened the city gates and left in the rest of the Greek army.

 They killed all the Torjans they could find, and set fire to the city. It was completely destroyed.

 

 The legend of the Trojan was has been the subject of a famous epic called 'The Ilied' by the blind Greek poet, Homer, written Ilium 

 is another name for Troy. The story is told at length in the 2nd book of Virgil's "Aeneid' and is also touched upon in Homer's

 'Odyssey'.

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