Trojan horse

Everyone knows what Trojan Horse is: a wooden horse  which Greeks left on the beach of Troy as a „present“ to the Trojans… 
Here it is, depicted on Vase, found on Mykonos, dated to ca. 670 BC, which makes it the earliest known graphic depiction of the Trojan Horse…
 
…the city was doomed when it took in that ‚horse‘, within which were all the bravest of the Greeks waiting to bring death and destruction on the Trojans…“ wrote Homer, describing the scene.
 
But the interpretation of what Homer was talking about as a giant wooden horse, could be a result of an misinterpretation of the term „hippos“…
 
Already in the 2nd century AD, Greek geographer Pausanias wrote that the idea of Greeks using a wooden horse was „not credible, even if the figure of the horse was in use to represent this legend“…
 
Today, Italian naval archaeologist, Francesco Tiboni says that he has found „the proof“ that the famous horse was actually a type of merchant ship which had horse figureheads on their prows and which Greeks called „hippos“ (horse).
Like this one, from a depiction of Phoenician ships found in the palaces of Assyrian kings from the 7th and 8th centuries BCE.
 
It is because of this that the Greeks called the Phoenician ships „horses“, and the Phoenicians „the horse people“. 
 
„Over the course of history, lots of academics have put forward the nautical interpretation“ of the term ‚hippos‘ Tiboni says, „But there was always something missing. As a naval archaeologist, I managed to put all the pieces together.“

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