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Troy

Peter Jablonka

in The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199873609
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199873609.013.0063

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Troy

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The site known today as Troy is situated in northwestern Asia Minor, five kilometers from the present coastline at the Dardanelles (ancient Hellespont). Its sequence of occupation spans several millennia from the beginning of the Bronze Age (3000 bc) to the Byzantine period (twelfth century ad). Troy's high profile is obviously due to the fact that it has been regarded as the scene of the Trojan War, a story told in Homer's Iliad and still part of popular culture. Since this story also lies at the heart of Greek ethnic identity both ancient and modern, Troy has been considered “Aegean” although it is actually part of “Anatolia.” Whether these terms are meaningful at all, apart from reflecting a division of scholarship along modern political boundaries, remains to be shown.

Keywords: Troy; Asia Minor; Dardanelles; Bronze Age; Byzantine period; Trojan War; Homer; Iliad; Aegean; Anatolia

Article.  5128 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Greek and Roman Archaeology ; Classical Art and Architecture

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