Friday, June 11, 2010

Trojans

Three thousand one hundred and ninety four years ago today, June 11th 1184 BC, Troy fell to the Greeks and was burned. All the Tojans (except some women and Children who would make good slaves) were killed.

The temples were then defiled and THIS angered the gods. And the gods should have been angry, after all they did for the Greeks. For instance, the Greeks contrive this feeble plan to make a big horse statue and fill it with 30 men. The Trojans see right through the ruse. Lacoon says "Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes" (I fear Greeks even those bearing gifts) so Poseidon sends some sea serpents to strangle him. Lacoon’s sons Antiphantes and Thymbraeus are also killed to prevent word getting out. When King Priam’s daughter Cassandra warns that the horse is a very bad thing the gods see to it that she too is ignored. So the gods make a silk purse from a sow’s ear and the ungrateful Greeks put their foot in it. The Greeks are sent wandering by the gods on various tangents, Aeneas gets lost and founds Rome.


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