The Resource The Trojan War : a very short introduction, Eric H. Cline

The Trojan War : a very short introduction, Eric H. Cline

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The Trojan War : a very short introduction
Title
The Trojan War
Title remainder
a very short introduction
Statement of responsibility
Eric H. Cline
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Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"The Iliad, Homer's epic tale of the abduction of Helen and the decade-long Trojan War, has fascinated mankind for millennia. Even today, the war inspires countless articles and books, extensive archaeological excavations, movies, television documentaries, even souvenirs and collectibles. But while the ancients themselves believed that the Trojan War took place, scholars of the modern era have sometimes derided it as a piece of fiction. Combining archaeological data and textual analysis of ancient documents, this Very Short Introduction considers whether or not the war actually took place and whether archaeologists have really discovered the site of ancient Troy. To answer these questions, archaeologist and ancient historian Eric H. Cline examines various written sources, including the works of Homer, the Epic Cycle (fragments from other, now-lost Greek epics), classical plays, and Virgil's Aeneid. Throughout, the author tests the literary claims against the best modern archaeological evidence, showing for instance that Homer, who lived in the Iron Age, for the most part depicted Bronze Age warfare with accuracy. Cline also tells the engaging story of the archaeologists--Heinrich Schliemann and his successors Wilhelm Dörpfeld, Carl Blegen, and Manfred Korfmann--who found the long-vanished site of Troy through excavations at Hisarlik, Turkey. Drawing on evidence found at Hisarlik and elsewhere, Cline concludes that a war or wars in the vicinity of Troy probably did take place during the Late Bronze Age, forming the nucleus of a story that was handed down orally for centuries until put into final form by Homer. But Cline suggests that, even allowing that a Trojan War took place, it probably was not fought because of Helen's abduction, though such an incident may have provided the justification for a war actually fought for more compelling economic and political motives."--Publisher's description
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DLC
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Cline, Eric H
Dewey number
939/.21
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DF221.T8
LC item number
C54 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Very short introductions
Series volume
356
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Troy (Extinct city)
  • Trojan War
  • Turkey
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Greece
Label
The Trojan War : a very short introduction, Eric H. Cline
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • pt. I. The Trojan War. The story according to the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Epic Cycle ; The Trojan War in context: Mycenaeans, Hittites, Trojans, and Sea Peoples
  • pt. II. Investigating the literary evidence. Homeric questions: did Homer exist and is the Iliad accurate? ; The Hittite texts: Assuwa, Ahhiyawa, and Alaksandu of Wilusa
  • pt. III. Investigating the archaeological evidence. Early excavators: Heinrich Schliemann and Wilhelm Dörpfeld ; Returning to Hisarlik: Carl Blegen and Manfred Korfmann
Control code
ocn811239014
Dimensions
18 cm.
Extent
xviii, 130 pages
Isbn
9780199760275
Lccn
2012036331
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022471579
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)811239014
Label
The Trojan War : a very short introduction, Eric H. Cline
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • pt. I. The Trojan War. The story according to the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Epic Cycle ; The Trojan War in context: Mycenaeans, Hittites, Trojans, and Sea Peoples
  • pt. II. Investigating the literary evidence. Homeric questions: did Homer exist and is the Iliad accurate? ; The Hittite texts: Assuwa, Ahhiyawa, and Alaksandu of Wilusa
  • pt. III. Investigating the archaeological evidence. Early excavators: Heinrich Schliemann and Wilhelm Dörpfeld ; Returning to Hisarlik: Carl Blegen and Manfred Korfmann
Control code
ocn811239014
Dimensions
18 cm.
Extent
xviii, 130 pages
Isbn
9780199760275
Lccn
2012036331
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40022471579
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)811239014

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