According to Homer, during the Trojan War, whose idea was it to build the Trojan Horse?
And the answer is: Odysseus
The Trojan War was fought between ancient Greeks and the city of Troy, which was located in modern-day Turkey. According to Homer's Odyssey and Virgil's Aeneid, Odysseus commanded that a large wooden horse be built and left at the city gates as a present. Once the Trojans brought the horse inside, Odysseus and his Greek soldiers emerged from the horse and took the city.
The Trojan War offers a fascinating intersection of mythology and history. Since the 19th century, archaeologists continue to uncover evidence for a great kingdom of Troy that fell around 1,180 B.C. Some 400 years later, Homer's Iliad and Odyssey detail the events and the aftermath of the long, climatic battle, yet much of Homer's narrative stumps historians in mythology. For example, several of the main characters in the Trojan Wars are direct descendants of Greek gods, such as Helen (yes, the iconic Helen of Troy herself!). Further, the gods themselves are said to have intervened as the war raged on, as well as during Odysseus' trip home to the mythical Ithaca.
Did you know?
"Trojan" originally came from the word "Troy"– as in, the citizens of Troy were called "Trojans". It's no wonder the Trojan Horse was able to get past the gates...
What do you think? Did Greek gods descend from the skies to help put an ultimate end to this battle? Or did the persistence of man and human invention lead to the fall of the city? Though we may never uncover the truth about this famous war, there is still much to learn. Check out this video to learn more about the details of the legendary Battle of Troy: