Thessandrus

1989 AN2. Discovered 1989 Jan. 9 by C. S. Shoemaker and E. M. Shoemaker at Palomar.

Thessandrus was one of the Greek captains who hid inside the Trojan horse, which was devised by Epeios, who himself hid inside the horse. This minor planet is paired dynamically with (2148) Epeios. Virgil {see planet (2798)}, in the Aeneid, seems to imply that Thessandrus was the first warrior to slide down the lowered rope from the belly of the horse, thus beginning the sack of Troy. (M 22248)

Name and citation provided by Richard Preston at the request of the discoverers.

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