Diomedes - Stealing the Palladium

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The legends of Troy include this story.

A small wooden figure of Pallas—known as the Palladion (Palladium) and  associated with the Greek goddess Athena—fell from heaven and landed in Troy.  

As long as the small statue remained in Troy, Athena would protect the citadel and its people from harm.  Not only would possessing the statue keep the possessors safe, it would lead to their prosperity.

Knowing the Palladion was protecting Troy, the Greeks had to capture the statute before they could defeat the city.  Diomedes and Odysseus (Ulysses) stole the statute, thereby removing Athena’s protection from Troy.

This image depicts a work of art, circa 380 BC, of Diomedes with the Palladium.  Shortly after Diomedes removed the statue from its Trojan place of honor, Troy fell to the Greeks.

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