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The Trojan War


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Series Foreword Author's Preface Timeline The Trojan War in History and Legend Troy and the World of the Late Bronze Age Finding Troy and the Trojan War Homer and the Epic Tradition The Force of Legend Troy in the Twenty-First Century Biographical Sketches Readings From Primary Documents and Other Sources Glossary of Selected Terms Annotated Bibliography Index

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The Trojan War is an event that stands at the very foundation of the Western and the epic tradition, and this volume provides readers with an opportunity to experience it in as direct and as varied a manner as is possible.

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Carol G. Thomas is Professor of History at the University of Washington and the author or co-author of Citadel to City-State: The Transformation of Greece, 1200-700 BCE (with Craig Conant), Makedonika, Classical Greece, and Progress into the Past: The Rediscovery of Mycenaean Civilization.Craig Conant is the co-author of From Citadel to City-State (with Carol G. Thomas).


"Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and two-year technical program students; general readers" - Choice
"Was it Iphigeneia or Penthesileia whom Achilles slew in battle? Is Memnon just a nickname for Agamemnon? And how did all those Hittites get in there? For those of us who have trouble telling Antenor from Andromache, Thomas and co-author Conant sort out the events and characters of Homer's account, and give us the background to appreciate his themes. They describe the contexts of the late Bronze Age, the efforts by scholars to find what turned out to be the real Troy, the influence of Homer in the epic tradition, the force of legend, and the implications of the story of Troy for the present day. They include a photo essay, a chronology, compilations of biographies of characters and original documents, a glossary, and an annotated bibliography." - Art Book News Annual
"This is an accessible book, admirably suited to its target readship. A copy in a school or departmental library would provide an excellent introduction to the nature of oral epic and to the problems (with some possible solutions) of identifying places, events and characters in Homeric epic, and a valuable resource for students researching coursework." - Journal of Classics Teaching
"This guide provides an in-depth discussion of the ancient civilizations of the Aegean. The main focus is to explain plausible evidence that supports the growing body of scholarship, which holds that Troy and the Trojan War existed not only in oral tradition, but also in fact....Although this guide will certainly not be light fare for the casual reader, those studying the ancient and classical worlds, will not be disappoined. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

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