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    DescriptionThe Trojan War is the most famous conflict in history, the subject of Homer's "Iliad," one of the cornerstones of Western literature. Although many readers know that this literary masterwork is based on actual events, there is disagreement about how much of Homer's tale is true. Drawing on recent archeological research, historian and classicist Barry Strauss explains what really happened in Troy more than 3,000 years ago.For many years it was thought that Troy was an insignificant place that never had a chance against the Greek warriors who laid siege and overwhelmed the city. In the old view, the conflict was decided by duels between champions on the plain of Troy. Today we know that Troy was indeed a large and prosperous city, just as Homer said. The Trojans themselves were not Greeks but vassals of the powerful Hittite Empire to the east in modern-day Turkey, and they probably spoke a Hittite-related language called Luwian. The Trojan War was most likely the culmination of a long feud over power, wealth, and honor in western Turkey and the offshore islands. The war itself was mainly a low-intensity conflict, a series of raids on neighboring towns and lands. It seems unlikely that there was ever a siege of Troy; rather some sort of trick -- perhaps involving a wooden horse -- allowed the Greeks to take the city.Strauss shows us where Homer nods, and sometimes exaggerates and distorts, as well. He puts the Trojan War into the context of its time, explaining the strategies and tactics that both sides used, and compares the war to contemporary battles elsewhere in the eastern Mediterranean. With his vivid reconstructions of the conflict and his insights into the famous charactersand events of Homer's great epic, Strauss masterfully tells the story of the fall of Troy as history without losing the poetry and grandeur that continue to draw readers to this ancient tale.


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    Title
    The Trojan War
    Subtitle
    a New History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Barry Strauss
    Physical properties
    Format: Other book format
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 168 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780743264419
    ISBN 10: 074326441X
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    Libri: I-HM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, HIS027130
    DC22: 939.21
    Thema V1.0: NH
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations, maps
    Publisher
    SIMON & SCHUSTER
    Imprint name
    SCRIBNER
    Publication date
    12 September 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    "A military epic of the first order, weaving together fact and fiction in a beguiling tapestry of blood, guts, gore -- and terrible feminine beauty." -- Paul Cartledge, professor of Greek History, Cambridge University, and author of "Thermopylae: The Battle That Changed the World"