The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

Eric H. Cline


The Iliad, Homer's epic story of the kidnapping of Helen and the decade-long Trojan battle, has involved mankind for millennia. Even at the present time, the struggle evokes numerous articles and books, broad archaeological excavations, videos, tv documentaries, even souvenirs and collectibles. yet whereas the ancients themselves believed that the Trojan conflict came about, students of the trendy period have occasionally derided it as a bit of fiction.

Combining archaeological information and textual research of historical records, this Very brief creation considers even if the warfare really came about and no matter if archaeologists have rather found the positioning of historic Troy. to respond to those questions, archaeologist and historical historian Eric H. Cline examines quite a few written assets, together with the works of Homer, the Epic Cycle (fragments from different, now-lost Greek epics), classical performs, and Virgil's Aeneid. all through, the writer checks the literary claims opposed to the easiest smooth archaeological proof, displaying for example that Homer, who lived within the Iron Age, for the main half depicted Bronze Age conflict with accuracy. Cline additionally tells the enticing tale of the archaeologists--Heinrich Schliemann and his successors Wilhelm Dörpfeld, Carl Blegen, and Manfred Korfmann--who stumbled on the long-vanished website of Troy via excavations at Hisarlik, Turkey.

Drawing on facts chanced on at Hisarlik and in other places, Cline concludes warfare or wars within the area of Troy most likely did occur through the overdue Bronze Age, forming the nucleus of a narrative that was once passed down orally for hundreds of years till positioned into ultimate shape via Homer. yet Cline means that, even permitting Trojan warfare came about, it most likely used to be now not fought as a result of Helen's abduction, although such an incident can have supplied the justification for a conflict truly fought for extra compelling financial and political motives.

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