Sorry, but no. If things like that freak anyone out, they can block the post, scroll past it, or unfollow me. The power is in their hands.
"GENTLEMEN, WE ARE AT WAR WITH TROY AND MUST NOT DROP OUR GUARD AT ALL"
"sir, the enemy gave us a giant wooden horse"
"oh rad bring it in"
okay so i know this has probs been explained on this post five billion times before and it was made for humor but
see, greeks had this concept called “Xenia” (pronounced zen-ee-uh) that was all about hospitality. it was the most important thing, and even when two lands would be at war it was basically law (certainly required by gods, mainly Zeus) that the two leaders had to be cordial to each other, and part of that was the giving of gifts. in fact, if you were a host and you didnt give gifts, everyone would say you were shit and Zeus might even kill you, which is actually how the war start.
Bc when Paris stole Helen, he broke Xenia by taking advantage of Menelaus’s hospitality to commit a crime against him, which was a slap in the face to Zeus.
Another part of Xenia is, if you lose against someone, you’re supposed to give them something. As a mark of respect and also to admit that you done fucked up. So Troy, thinking after ten fucking years the Achaeans might be ready to go home, see this great statue (the wooden horse) and think, oh, it’s our customary battle gift, lets bring it in and celebrate because we’ve won!!!
but Odysseus, because he is a little shit in all ways, actually had his whole plan of attack (which was a super douchebag thing to do, and a lot of the other Achaeans weren’t happy with it because it wasnt the type of honor they were all about that involves the glory of battle and getting yourself killed, and also kinda breaks Xenia which might help explain why none of the gods but Athena, miss cleverness and strategy, really cared that much about getting him home)
No, this… isn’t even slightly right, sorry.
Xe(i)nia, guest-friendship, WAS a big deal for the Homeric and Classical Greeks, no argument there. You have certain obligations to your guest, and ditto to your host: don’t insult the food, for example, and don’t run off with your host’s wife. Paris’ notable fuckup on #2 there was indeed what got the whole war rolling; it was an offence against Zeus Xe(i)nios, Zeus in his aspect as the god of hospitality.
But xenia doesn’t oblige you to be friendly to someone you’re at war with, and it absolutely definitely doesn’t oblige you to leave them an apology-present if you lose the war. The Greeks didn’t pretend the Wooden Horse was a gift for the Trojans, and the Trojans didn’t assume any such thing. In the most common version of the story, which is basically how it appears in the Aeneid, the Greeks pretended the Horse was an offering to the goddess Athene, built in the hope that she’d grant them a safe journey home. The Trojans came out to find the Greeks gone and the Horse standing on the beach, and decided that if they took it into their city it would help them. In some versions there’s a fake prophecy that if the Trojans claim the Horse they’ll enjoy guaranteed divine support for ever. A sneaky Greek double-agent, Sinon, even tells the Trojans that the whole reason the Greeks made the Horse so damn big was so that it couldn’t be taken through the gates of Troy.
The whole thing is presented as a very clever bit of reverse psychology. It’s not:
GREEKS: Hey, Trojans, sorry about the whole ten-year war thing! We got you this sweet horse.
TROJANS: Oh wow, thanks guys, it’ll look amazing in our living room, no hard feelings <3
GREEKS: Okay. Whatever else happens, we must make absolutely sure that in no way do the Trojans take this sweet horse inside their city. That would be the worst possible outcome for us. God, I hope they don’t do that. That would be just awful.
TROJANS: HA HA HA WE TOOK YOUR HORSE INSIDE THE CITY NERDS wait fuck
There’s a whole separate question over whether the Horse was a brilliant tactical ploy, a cowardly bit of treachery, or both. Vergil prefers (b), but since the Trojans go on to become the Romans, that’s hardly surprising. Certainly there’s no suggestion in any source I know of that Odysseus’ legendarily awful commute home was him being punished for the Wooden Horse. (His decision to blind the son of Poseidon and then Tweet an ironic selfie captioned just blinded the son of poseidon #yolo was really more the problem there.)
“We should see color. We should see religion. We should see homosexuality. We should see gender identity. We should see all the things that make people and the world different and not pretend that we are colorblind or that one story is enough to represent a whole group of people. But we should also remember that most people have the same kinds of feelings and wants. Everyone wants to be the hero sometimes.”