The Trojan Horse – Cut-out Set
The template for the Trojan horse: easy to re-built!
The Trojan horse can be glued and stuck together by your students using the silky cardboard, simply cut it out, build it up and and history is close to them! Although we can only imagine, how it might have looked at the days of Troy. While you tell the students the historical background to the Trojan war, the students can prepare to re-enact the adventures from the past. Stretch their imagination and creativity with the implementation of various scenes from the events around Troy.
- A cut-out set
- The miracle weapon of Odysseus
- Difficulty: from easy to medium
- Number of sheets: 16 x DIN A4
And here the story behind the cut-out set of the Trojan horse
In Greek mythology, the Trojan horse was a wooden horse where the Greek soldiers were hidden in its belly. The soldiers opened the gates of Troy from the inside at night and took in the army of the Greeks. With this stratagem, the ancient Greeks won the Trojan war.
This was the perfect surprise weapon, because the Greek army had unsuccessfully fought around the walls of Troy and unsuccessfully tried to conquer the town. Yet, the seer of Calchas called together an assembly of the most distinguished heroes and advised them to conquer Troy not with violence, but with the help of a list. There are also sources that name Odysseus or his prisoners of Helenus as the author of this list.
Building the Trojan horse
The Greeks built a large wooden horse in which the Greek soldiers could hide. Created by the Greek hero of Epeios, who in his dream saw the goddess Pallas Athena appearing who told him to put together this mighty horse with solid beams. She assured him with her assistance and eventually made him a hero. He wrote on the wooden horse the inscription "The Greeks made this offerings of peace to the goddess Athena for a safe return home".
After the army had besieged Troy and seemed to return home, the Trojans brought the horse into the city because they thought it was a farewell gift of the Greeks to the God of the sea, Poseidon. Despite several warnings, the horse was moved into the city and placed in front of the Temple of Athena. At night, however, the soldiers got out from the belly of the horse and opened the city gates. The Greeks, who had not turned away, but returned towards the city of Troy, broke into the city and destroyed it. Thus, they had won the Trojan war.
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