Wooden Horse of Troy
Virgil tells us that Ulysses had a monster wooden horse made
after the death of Hector, and gave out that it was an offering to the
gods to secure a prosperous voyage back to Greece. The Trojans dragged
the horse within their city, but it was full of Grecian soldiers, who
at night stole out of their place of concealment, slew the Trojan
guards, opened the city gates, and set fire to Troy. Menelaos was one
of the Greeks shut up in it. It was made by Epeios (Latin,
Cambuscan's wooden horse. The
Arabian Nights tells us of Cambuscan's horse of brass,
which had a pin in the neck, and on turning this pin the horse rose
into the air, and transported the rider to the place he wanted to go
to. (See Clavileno.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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