- For other uses, see Trojan Horse.
The Trojan horse was, in the epic poem The Aeneid, a wooden horse presented as gift to the city of Troy during the Trojan War which, when brought inside the city gates, was discovered to hold Greek troops inside. Over time, the term "Trojan horse" has come to mean any seemingly benign object which holds a hidden threat or danger.
Jonathan Archer was familiar with the term. When Tucker was assigned to a covert mission in Romulan space, Archer described it as "a tactic as old as Homer," referring to the Trojan horse. (ENT novel: The Good That Men Do)
In 2286, Kor insisted that his ship, the IKS Revenge, act as bait to attract the "Critters". He called it the "stalking horse" ploy. He was intent on regaining honor for his QuchHa' people. Revenge idled in Critter territory while ChR Phoenix and the USS Enterprise-A were cloaked nearby. (TOS comic: "Debt of Honor")
In 2371, the USS Defiant detected a stasis chamber floating in space near the Sreba. Sisko ordered the chamber to be transported aboard, but planned to send it back into space if it contained a "Trojan horse". It was later discovered that Heather Petersen was in the stasis chamber. (DS9 - Invasion! novel: Time's Enemy)
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