Greece for Kids
There is an old saying - Beware of
Greeks bearing gifts. This saying comes from the legend of the Trojan
story goes ......
A long time ago, there was an ancient city-state
on the coast of Turkey, across the sea from Sparta. This city-state
was named Troy. At one time, Troy and the other Greek city-states 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 it 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 people below, who were trying to break into the
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.
His plan was to build a horse, a 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. Instead, they dragged the
horse inside the city
gates to keep it on display.
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.