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Why No Wooden Horse?

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Why No Wooden Horse?

Postby Secret Alias » Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:59 pm

How could the Illiad leave out the best part of the story? Why no wooden horse? Almost as strange as Moses not crossing the Jordan in the Pentateuch.
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Re: Why No Wooden Horse?

Postby andrewcriddle » Sat Jan 28, 2017 2:06 am

Secret Alias wrote:How could the Illiad leave out the best part of the story? Why no wooden horse? Almost as strange as Moses not crossing the Jordan in the Pentateuch.

The Illiad leaves out the fall of Troy altogether.
It is covered in retrospect (including the wooden horse) in the Odyssey.

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Re: Why No Wooden Horse?

Postby Blood » Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:22 am

Secret Alias wrote:How could the Illiad leave out the best part of the story? Why no wooden horse? Almost as strange as Moses not crossing the Jordan in the Pentateuch.


Because that part was invented after the Illiad had been written?
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Re: Why No Wooden Horse?

Postby Secret Alias » Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:36 pm

Yes it could be. But it is odd the way the Odyssey makes an oblique reference to the story, so bare that it certainly means the story was well known enough at the time of composition that it could be summoned with literary vapors. It's odd the way seminal ancient works like the Illiad and the Pentateuch end without resolution like this. If this was a musical score, it's odd not to go back to the original note rather than ending on a fifth or fourth. There is no 'happy ever after.' It's like Star Wars without the destruction of the Death Star.
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Re: Why No Wooden Horse?

Postby lpetrich » Wed Apr 05, 2017 2:13 am

Not only that, the Iliad was mostly about a monthlong episode in the Trojan War, Achilles vs. Hector.

The Trojan Horse itself has been variously explained as a siege engine, a boat, or even an earthquake ( Trojan Horse, A few “facts” about the Trojan Horse | Glyn Iliffe). Siege engines go back at least 2500 years, and they include battering rams for beating down gates and towers for climbing over walls ( Siege engine).
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