Editor says, what if Virgil's Aeneid, Laocoön had struck the Trojan Horse? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality according to Virgil?s Aeneid, Laocoön's spear did not strike anyone. The Trojans brought the statue into the city, and Odysseus and his men sneaked out that night to open the gates to the Greek army, which had returned secretly. Troy fell on a date calculated by Eratosthenes of Cyrene, though much of the fortune gained by the Greeks would be lost as gods continued to curse them. Trojan survivors led by Aeneas were believed to have contributed to the founding of Rome, while the Greeks became a major world power. They conquered the Persians through Alexander the Great, resulting in the Hellenization of the Middle East, and were conquered themselves by Rome, who adopted much of their civilization. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.