Trojans Ruled in Bronze Age, until the Horse Came Along
"When did the Trojans rule?" asked Grant Brekenridge, 11, a sixth-grader at Highland Middle School in Libertyville.
The story goes like this. About 3,000 years ago, the city of Sparta in Greece and the city of Troy were at war. Spartan soldiers had tried for years to break into Troy and recapture their rulers wife, the most beautiful woman in the world, now known as Helen of Troy.
After years of battle, Spartan soldiers crafted a gigantic wooden horse, hid soldiers inside and left it outside the walled city of Troy. How interesting, the Trojans thought. They were convinced by a "deserter" of Greek army that the horse would fortify Troy, so they took it within their walls, debated its worth, and went to sleep.
Then the Spartan soldiers burst out of a secret door in the horse, surprised their Trojan foes in their sleep and took over the city.
Excavations at a site in modern-day Turkey were begun in the late 1800s. "No texts or inscriptions that record the citys Bronze Age name have yet been found on the site," said Cameron Hawkins, assistant professor of ancient history at the University of Chicago. …