Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts

Beware Greeks Bearing Gifts


      Today marks, by one measure, the anniversary of the traditional Fall of Troy in 1184 B.C., thereby bringing to its culmination the Trojan War.  The other date is April 24.


      The Fall of Troy is not recounted in Homer’s Iliad, the iconic epic, it rather covering only a period of ten days to two weeks within the supposed ten-year span of the war. The Illiad ends with the death of Homer, he falling to Achilles. The Fall of Troy through the subterfuge of the Trojan Horse is briefly mentioned in the Odyssey and is referenced in several other Greek sources.  The story would not find, however, its full development until Virgil’s Aeneid. 


      Some modern historians have attempted to explain the story as an analogy, suggesting actually that an earthquake – Poseidon, whose portfolio included horses, was as well the god of earthquakes.  I, for one, would rather retain the literal interpretation.

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