Well, there appear to be two sources of the story,

  • TheAeneid a Latin epic poem, written by Virgil between 29 and 19 BC, that tells of the sacking of Troy and after ten years of Greek siege the ending of the Trojan War , then how the Trojans were tricked when they accepted into their city walls a wooden horse that, unbeknownst to them, harboured several Greek soldiers in its hollow belly. 
  • Homer’s two poems The Iliad and TheOdyssey that follow the The Greek Hero Odyssey, king of Ithaca, and his journey home after the Trojan War They tell the story of a Great War that was fought 500 years earlier between Greece and Troy. He based most of them on Greek history and legends.

There are even myths about the Trojan horse itself:

  • It may have been a battering ram that looked like a horse.
  • A siege machine, as they were often given animal names.
  • Another belief is that the horse represented an earthquake that weakened the walls. This can be supported as Poseidon was the god of earthquakes, as well as being the god of horses.
  • Others argue that the gift was in fact a boat carrying a peace envoy. This theory is because the Greek words used to describe men being put in the horse are similar to those for getting on a ship.

Therefore, the Trojan Wars could have been a myth, or at least a story made up of both myth and truth.  Ultimately, it is unlikely we will ever know, which is why many suggest it should be treated as a classic tale, not an historical event.

However, whatever the truth, it makes a cracking good story, as well as a great way to make learning about the Greek Gods fun, which is why we have published the musical The Trojan Horse – The Fall of Troy which you can rehearse to day at https://www.educationalmusicals.co.uk/product/the-trojan-horse-dupicate/

Let’s make History Fun!