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« Topic Start: October 10, 2010, 07:51:22 am »

Title: The Trojan War: A New History
Author(s): Barry Strauss
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August 21, 2007
ISBN: 0743264428
ISBN-13: 978-0743264426
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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 myt

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« Reply #1: October 21, 2010, 01:48:37 pm »

Title: The Trojan War: A New History
Author(s): Barry Strauss

Another one I've been thinking about buying, also with some good Amazon reviews. Has anyone read it? Is it worth it?
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« Reply #2: October 21, 2010, 04:58:09 pm »

Another one I've been thinking about buying, also with some good Amazon reviews. Has anyone read it? Is it worth it?

I'm interested in hearing what people think of this book as well.
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« Reply #3: June 05, 2011, 10:11:52 am »

Title: The Trojan War: A New History
Author(s): Barry Strauss
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August 21, 2007
ISBN: 0743264428
ISBN-13: 978-0743264426
Current Price and More Info from Amazon

[size=12pt]Description:[/size]
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 myt

[size=12pt]Special Notes:[/size]
none

[size=8pt]Legal Notes: Some description text and item pictures in this post may come from Amazon.com and are used by permission. The Cauldron is an Amazon Affiliate and purchases made through the Amazon links in this message help support The Cauldron.[/size]



[color=red][size=12pt]Discussion and reviews of this book are welcome in this thread. If you've read the book, please tell us what you think of it and why.[/size][/color]



 The author is a noted scholar and tries to prove that many of the characters and events in The Trojan War (sans supernatural stuff) may have had a basis in fact.  He draws on history and archaeology from various Bronze Age cultures to illustrate his points.   

In a nut shell, he basically believes that a Trojan Prince did steal away a Spartan princess (for political reasons, not necessarily love).  In revenge, the Spartan Royal house assembles the otherwise divided Greek factions with the promise of plunder.  From there a long siege of Troy begins, which the Greeks eventually win through guerilla warfare and deception.   

It's an interesting read. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the Trojan War.   But there is nothing really pagan about it.  It is a speculative history book and probably should be moved to the academic book section.


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« Reply #4: June 05, 2011, 07:41:50 pm »

It's an interesting read. I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the Trojan War.   But there is nothing really pagan about it.  It is a speculative history book and probably should be moved to the academic book section.

The only books in the academic book section are those published by academic presses.

And thanks for sharing your thoughts!
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