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Old December 10th, 2009, 11:47 AM   #1

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The Trojan Horse


What do you all think the Trojan Horse really represents? I know common theories include a battering ram named as such, or a unit of cavalry disguising themselves as the enemy and being allowed admittance. I personally don't know either way, so any ideas?
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Old December 10th, 2009, 11:54 AM   #2

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A battering ram sounds good; possibly a siege tower in the Assyrian style as well:
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There's no way we can know with certainty, either one is feasible. But personally I think it could equally easily have been somebody on the inside opening a gate.

Another thing I don't believe is the ten-year siege. Do I have evidence? Hell, no.
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Why not believe the originial plot... people hiding to open the gate when the coast was clear.

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Remember the giant rabbit from the Holy Grail?
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There's no way we can know with certainty, either one is feasible. But personally I think it could equally easily have been somebody on the inside opening a gate.

Another thing I don't believe is the ten-year siege. Do I have evidence? Hell, no.
The ten years siege seems unrealistic as well. I wonder why Homer felt the need to make siege so long in the story, unless of course it was simply told to him in that manner in the first place.
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Didn't Nebuchadnezzar unsuccessfully siege Tyre for around a decade? I don't see why ten years is, on its own, unreasonable.
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My belief is based the fact that it's damn near impossible to sustain the food (and ammunition) supplies of a besieged city / fortress / small country for ten years without outside interference.
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Didn't Nebuchadnezzar unsuccessfully siege Tyre for around a decade? I don't see why ten years is, on its own, unreasonable.

That is true, somwhere around 13 years if I remember correctly. The rub between the two is that Nebuchadnezzer was a sole king fighting close to his own kingdom and lines of supply. The Acheans were a "coalition" of kings fighting in a foreign land; that is what I think it more difficult. Even with Agemmemnon in charge, it still leaves the lesser kings worrying about shenanigans back in their homes of origin.
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Damn, that's what I was trying to say.........
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My belief is based the fact that it's damn near impossible to sustain the food (and ammunition) supplies of a besieged city / fortress / small country for ten years without outside interference.
And how do we know there was no contact with outside?
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