On the cover, an ancient helmet, inside a beautifully crafted Trojan horse … give this card to a historian, a political junkie, to a Greek, to anyone who has been fooled or tricked, to a computer geek or hacker (because there is a famous computer virus by the same name), or to a magician or anyone who enjoys magic and legend.
You snuck into my heart.
Don’t trust everything you see. Even salt looks like sugar.
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. ~Virgil
Divide and conquer from within.
Motherhood is the strangest thing, like being one’s own Trojan horse.~Rebecca West
Never look a gift horse in the mouth. ~ John Heywood
If ever the Greeks needed a Trojan horse, it is now. ~Gerald Sinstadt
Politics is a Trojan horse race. ~Jerzy Stanislaw
Songs can be Trojan horses, sneaking past the ego’s defenses and into the open mind. ~John Mayer
As the story goes ……
A long time ago, there was an ancient city on the coast of Turkey, across the sea from Sparta, named Troy. At one time, Troy and the other Greek cities were pretty good friends. But times had changed.
The city of Troy was protected by a high wall built around the city. Some parts of the wall were 20 feet high! There were gates in the wall to let people in and out but the wall provided great defense for the people of Troy. It gave the Trojan warriors a relatively safe place to stand while they rained arrows down on the soldiers below who were trying to break into the city.
The Greek warriors had been trying to breach the wall around Troy for about ten years. The Greeks could not find a way in, and the Trojans did not seem able to drive the Greeks away.
Odysseus, a Greek general, had an idea to build a beautiful and huge wooden horse, and leave it outside the gate. Then, the entire Greek army would pretend to leave, as if they had finally admitted defeat. But the horse would be hollow. Thirty men would be hiding inside. That’s what they did.
As the Greek warriors sailed away, the people of Troy rushed outside, cheering. They found the horse and dragged it inside the city gates to keep it on display, which is just what the Greek general thought they would do.
That night, while the Trojan people were sleeping, the men hiding inside the wooden horse climbed out and opened the gates. The waiting Greek army entered Troy. That was the end of Troy.
The ancient Greeks loved heroes, especially military heroes. They loved hear stories about these heroes, the more mythical and magical the better.
About 2700 years ago, a poet named Homer collected legends about King Odysseus. Homer wrote down all the stories he had heard about this fabulous hero. He named his collection of stories the Odyssey.
Homer’s Odyssey is full of trickery and magic and monsters and gods and goddesses and heroic actions. The Greeks loved to hear the adventures of King Odysseus and his men, and all that happened to them on their way home.