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Greek Gods and Goddess: Sinon

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Introduction to Sinon

The ancient Greek Gods and Goddess contain a wealth of stories and legends, wrapped in Myths which typically provide a story with a morale code designed to influence the reader into behaviour as fitting Greek culture of the era.

In this article, we look at Sinon and the myths and legends surrounding Sinon, Sinon relationship to and with other Greek Gods and Goddess and key events and stories which relate to ancient astrology and the changing seasons.

About Sinon

He was the son of Sisyphus (the wise one) and Merope, he had several brothers, Glaucus, Oryntion, Almus, Thersander. He fought with Greeks during the Trojan War but pretended he had deserted and remained with Trojan Horse. With all the cunning attributes of his father Sisphus, he was able to convince the Trojans of his story, and said the Greeks had made the horse as a gift to the gods, in the hope of a safe voyage home and that they had made it that large so the Trojans could not take it into the city and thus gain the gods protection against any further attacks. Despite the objections by Cassandra the prophetess who always told the truth, but was condemned never to be believed, and Laocoon the priest of Poseidon, the Trojans remained convinced by Sinon's ruse. Even more so when Laocoon took a spear to the horse and began prodding it, and two sea serpents came out of the water and killed Laocoon and his two sons who were with him, thinking he had offended the gods. Several reasons by various authors as to why Laocoon was punished, including that he committed the sin of fornification in the gods temple, or allowed his wife to watch as he made the sacrifice there in, as women were forbidden from such things or even simple because he was right. But then Cassandra was right and she was not punished for it, however, depending upon the author, it was either, Apollo, Poseidon, or Athena who sent the serpents or snakes, I would favour Athena, for unlike Zeus who had declared himself Neutral in the Trojan War, Athena who had no weapons of her own tended to borrow those of Zeus when she needed them, but because of Zeus's stance, she engaged Hephaestus the smithy of the gods to make them. Thus, as she was on the Greeks side, so it makes sense, that it would be to her benefit if Sinon was believed, so she sent the snakes-serpents to kill Laocoon, and his sons, convincing the Trojans to believe him and take the Horse into the city, and bring about its destruction. However, several other authors tell a different story. They report that Laocoon had been the priest of Apollo, who he had angered by marrying and having children, and even worse had coupled with his wife in the temple and sight of Apollos image. The Trojans had then appointed him as a priest of Poseidon to add insult to injury, Apollo apparently wishing to warn the Trojans of their impending doom, had sent two serpents, named variously, as Porces and Charibeoa, or Peribeoa, or Curissa, towards Troy. When they arrived, they darted from the waves and entwined themselves around Laocoons sons and crushed them to death, and Laocoon who tried to save them suffered the same grisly fate. The serpent then moved to the citadel where there was an image of Athena, one coiled itself around her feet, the other hid behind her aegis. The Trojans completely misread the omen thinking that the serpents had killed Laocoon and his sons for insulting the gift the Greeks had left to appease Athena, and took it into the city. The omen, was pointing out that Athena was playing a trick on them, and the serpents coming ashore and crushing Laocoon and his sons, represented the returning Trojans, who would indeed crush the life out of Troy, and the serpents returning to their mistress, further pointed out that it was Athena's doing, for she had not deserted the Trojans. Indeed, it was reported by Sinon that Odysseus and Diomedes had stolen a wooden image (Palladion, or Palladium) of the goddess Athena, from her temple in Troy, and when they brought it into the Trojan camp, three times it erupted into flames, and its limbs sweated to show her great anger. This the Trojans thought was indeed a sign she was angry with the Greeks and had deserted them, once again they completely misinterpreted the omen. For the wooden statue was not harmed one little bit by the flames, and no doubt this was the image the Trojans had rescued from the deserted Greek camp, and taken back into the citadel, and where the serpents went after crushing their victims.

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