Sinon (plunderer) In Greek mythology, a young Greek soldier, a relative of Odysseus, who pretended to desert to Troy and convinced the Trojans to bring in the wooden horse. When night came, Sinon let the Greeks out of the wooden horse, and Troy was sacked. Vergil’s Aeneid (book 21) and Dante’s Divine Comedy (Inferno, canto 30) cite him as an example of treachery. In the latter he is among the falsifiers of words, called il falso Sinon greco (the false Greek Sinon).
Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow– Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante