Poseidon, lord of the deep and brother to Zeus, was known to be an ill-tempered, mercurial deity. Along with Apollo, he was credited with erecting the great fortifications of Troy in the service of king Laomedon, who then incurred the god's wrath when he refused to pay for the work. According to the Iliad, the hot-blooded Olympian took part in several battles in the Trojan War, siding with the Achaeans out of spite for this slight, yet also saving Aeneas from death at the hands of Achilles.
The god of the sea was also responsible for earthquakes and storms, and is attributed the creation of the horse; based on the archaeological record, historians have speculated that the notorious Trojan Horse may have been a metaphor for a great earthquake attributed to Poseidon, which brought down the mighty city-state's walls and precipitated its downfall.₋₋₋[sic]
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