The Odyssey Lesson Plans: Trump Calls Cruz a Trojan Horse

According to Fox News Donald Trump called Ted Cruz

“worse than a puppet— he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump.”

Why do I bring this up? Because today in my very class we read, discussed, listened to, and watched different versions of The Trojan Horse episode as we get ready to read The Odyssey. You can imagine how delighted I was to find an allusion to the aforementioned Trojan Horse (which is actually a Greek horse, but whatever), which allowed me to explain that understanding The Odyssey is necessary for cultural literacy.

Here are some of my favorite clips from The Odyssey starring Armando Assante as Odysseus. (And as a side note, I have identified the timing for each of Odysseus’s adventures in my complete 7-week guide to teaching The Odyssey.)

Let’s start with the journey to Troy as Athena stops the whining of Odysseus with some straight fire.

Hector trash talks Achilles and threatens to spit Achilles’ blood in the face of his slaves.

Achilles administers one of the swiftest beat downs in the history of warfare

Laocoon thinks he’s cool until this happens…

which leads to the worst strategic decision in the history of war.






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