For ten years the Greeks tried to
conquer the city of Troy without success. The city was impenetrable and even a large army
was not going to get inside. The Greeks needed a way to get inside the walls of the city,
so they devised a plan. The Greeks built a wooden horse with a hollow belly. A few armed
Greeks were to climb inside the horse in this hollow cavity. The Greeks rolled the horse
to the gates of Troy. The Trojans received the wooden horse as a token of peace.
The remainder of the Greek army climbed
aboard their ships and "sailed away". The Trojans rejoiced that the war was
finally over and the Greeks had run away. The Trojans begin to celebrate with drink.
In the early morning while the Trojans
were asleep the Greeks unsealed the belly of the horse and climbed into the city. They
killed the sentries at the gates. They then opened the gates so the rest of the army, who
had returned, could enter the city and attack. Now the Greeks attacked with a fury. All
the Trojan men and boys were killed and the women and children were enslaved. The ten year
war was finally over.
You can build a Trojan horse to relive
this great legend.
To build this Trojan horse we taped
boxes together. We then covered the boxes with paper maché. Finally we painted the horse
brown. We made the wheels from clay and sticks.