The Trojan War

The Trojan War

A New History

Book - 2007
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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.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2007, c2006
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster trade pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780743264426
Branch Call Number: 939.21 Str 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xxii, 258 p. :,ill., maps


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Apr 05, 2016

Very straightforwardly written. Lots of digressions on many aspects of ancient near eastern prehistory. Many of the military qualities are also explained, but a few things are left out, for example, that harnesses (like, for chariots) were all choke harnesses. Uncluttered notes section and a glossary are included. One of the best aspects of the book is a lengthy and thorough 'note on sources' section which doubles as a further reading guide.

KEVIN DOWD Aug 02, 2011

Lame attempt to combine ancient texts to give a "realistic" overview of the war.

easy read, some context.. but I wish it had been an actual history of the war.. He chops the heck out of most of the legends, so that if you did not know them you would not get the meaning.

should have spent more time on relating the actual story. when he does it is good.

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