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    DescriptionHomer's tale of the abduction of Helen to Troy and the ten-year war to bring her back to Greece has fascinated mankind for centuries since he related it in The Iliad and The Odyssey. More recently, it has given rise to countless scholarly articles and books, extensive archaeological excavations, epic movies, television documentaries, stage plays, art and sculpture, even souvenirs and collectibles. However, while the ancients themselves thought that the Trojan War took place and was a pivotal event in world history, scholars during the Middle Ages and into the modern era derided it as a piece of fiction. This book investigates two major questions: did the Trojan War take place and, if so, where? It ultimately demonstrates that a war or wars in the vicinity of Troy probably did take place in some way, shape, or form during the Late Bronze Age, thereby forming the nucleus of the story that was handed down orally for centuries until put into essentially final form by Homer. However, Cline suggests that although a Trojan War (or wars) probably did take place, it was not fought because of Helen's abduction; there were far more compelling economic and political motives for conflict more than 3,000 years ago. Aside from Homer, the book examines various classical literary sources: the Epic Cycle, a saga found at the Hittite capital of Hattusas, treatments of the story by the playwrights of classical Greece, and alternative versions or continuations of the saga such as Virgil's Aeneid, which add detail but frequently contradict the original story. Cline also surveys archaeological attempts to document the Trojan War through excavations at Hissarlik, Turkey, especially the work of Heinrich Schliemann and his successors Wilhelm Dorpfeld, Carl Blegen, and Manfred Korfmann. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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    The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction
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    By (author) Eric H. Cline
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 144
    Width: 115 mm
    Height: 173 mm
    Thickness: 8 mm
    Weight: 120 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199760275
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    Illustrations note
    8 b/w halftones, 2 maps
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    Publication date
    30 May 2013
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    New York
    Author Information
    Eric H. Cline is Professor of Classics and Anthropology and chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, as well as director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at George Washington University. He is Co-Director of the ongoing excavations at Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) in Israel and the author of Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction, winner of the 2011 Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Award for the Best Popular Book on Archaeology.
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    "The author's writing is so clear and his arguments so well structured and complete that this book will appeal to both interested amateurs and those familiar with the extensive literature on this subject." -- D. A. Slane, CHOICE"A concise, well written, highly informative guide to the legends, the history, and the archaeology of Homer's fabled city."--Trevor Bryce, Honorary Research Consultant, University of Queensland, and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities
    Table of contents
    List of illustrations ; Acknowledgments ; Introduction ; Part I. The Trojan War ; 1 The story according to the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Epic Cycle ; 2 The war in historical context: Mycenaeans, Hittites, Trojans, and Sea Peoples ; Part II. Investigating the Literary Evidence ; 3 Homeric questions: Did Homer exist and is the Iliad accurate? ; 4 The Hittite texts: Assuwa, Ahhiyawa, and Alaksandu of Wilusa ; Part III. Investigating the archaeological evidence ; 5 Early excavators: Heinrich Schliemann and Wilhelm Dorpfeld ; 6 Returning to Hisarlik: Carl Blegen and Manfred Korfmann ; Epilogue ; Glossary: Characters and Places ; References ; Further reading ; Index