(The). The siege of Troy by the Greeks. After a siege of ten years the city was taken and burnt to the ground. The last year of the siege is the subject of Homer's Iliad; the burning of Troy and the flight of Æneas is a continuation by Virgil in his Æneid.
The Trojan War, by Henry of Veldig, (Waldeck), a minnesinger (twelfth century) is no translation of either Homer or Virgil, but a German adaptation of the old tale. By far the best part of this poetical romance is where Lavinia tells her tale of love to her mother.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894