Study Guide

The Trojan Horse Warfare

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The story of the Trojan Horse is one of the most famous incidents of the Trojan War, which is totally one of the most iconic wars in all of Western literature. So yeah, we'd say warfare is probably a pretty big theme in this story. One thing that's interesting about the Trojan Horse itself is that it isn't your average weapon of mass destruction. You know, it's not like Odysseus decides to build a big flamethrower to incinerate the walls of Troy. Instead, he comes up with a far craftier way to cause massive devastation. In some ways, you could see the Trojan Horse a prelude to our world of modern warfare, where the side with the best technology can often dominate its foes.

Questions About Warfare

  1. When is there a good reason to go to war? Explain your answer. 
  2. What is the difference between honorable warfare and dishonorable warfare?
  3. In what ways might the Trojan Horse stratagem similar to any tactics that we use in modern warfare?
  4. Can you think of another tactic the Greeks might have used to get past the walls of Troy?

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