The Trojan Horse Story
Just because it wasn't 100% historically accurate does not mean that it is not something that is still talked about. The story of the Trojan War is actually a very interesting one. It got its start when Helen of Sparta was either kidnapped or went on her own to the city of Troy. The Greek armies laid siege against the city and kept it under siege for 10 years. This is an extremely long period of time for a city to be under siege as they would have no food or any other provisions coming into the city during that time. Not only that, but many times the invading army would catapult dead bodies of diseased persons over the wall in order to infect the city. After the army had held the city under siege for that long they came up with an interesting plan to take over the city by surprise.
The plan was to build a large wooden horse, the construction of which was done by Epeius and it was filled with Grecian soldiers led by a man named Odysseus. This large horse was left outside the gate of the city as a peace offering. This was a very common gesture as many times generals would give their horse to the conquering general. The Greek army then pulled away to a safe distance and hid behind another city, even burning their camp as they left to appear as if they were gone for good. The people of Troy brought the large wooden horse into their city and began to celebrate what they thought was the beginning of a peaceful era.
It wasn't until the city became so full of wine that they could not resist that the soldiers came out of the horse and stormed the gate from the inside. Once the gate was opened the Greek army invaded and completely annihilated the city. All of the men were destroyed in the city was then burnt to the ground.
Although the story is considered to be fiction it has lasted for several thousands of years. In fact, even to this day, many people will call a gift with an ulterior evil motive a Trojan horse.