The Trojan War: A New History

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 21, 2007 - History - 288 pages
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The Trojan War is one of history's most famous conflicts, a ten-year-long war waged over the beautiful Helen. For more than two thousand years this story has been a source of artistic inspiration. But is it true?

In The Trojan War historian and classicist Barry Strauss explores the myth and the reality behind the war, from Homer's accounts in The Iliad and The Odyssey to Heinrich Schliemann's discovery of ancient Troy in the late nineteenth century to more recent excavations that have yielded intriguing clues to the story behind the fabled city. The Trojans, it turns out, were not ethnic Greeks but an Anatolian people closely allied with the Hittite Empire to the east. At the time of the Trojan War the Greeks were great seafarers while Troy was a more settled civilization. And while the cause of the war may well have been the kidnapping of a queen—and, more significantly, the seizure of her royal dowry—the underlying cause was a conflict between the Trojans and the Greeks for control of the eastern Aegean Sea.

Through vivid reconstructions of the battles and insightful depictions of its famous characters, The Trojan War reveals the history behind Homer's great epic, without losing the poetry and grandeur of the epic myth.
 

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User Review  - pjskimin - LibraryThing

This book was not what I expected. I thought it would focus on archeological evidence as a support for the existence of Troy. Instead the author asks us to imagine what a real battle at Troy would ... Read full review

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User Review  - ClifSven - LibraryThing

I found this book to be tedious. As far as I could tell there was no new "history" at all, merely a great deal of speculation on the author's part. And with very little to back up his opinion. He left ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
War for Helen
13
The Black Ships Sail
31
Operation Beachhead
49
Assault on the Walls
69
An Army in Trouble
101
The Killing Fields
117
Night Moves
131
Hectors Charge
145
The Night of the Horse
171
Conclusion
183
Glossary of Key Names
191
Notes
199
A Note on Sources
225
Acknowledgments
247
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Barry Strauss is professor of history and classics at Cornell University.

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