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TROY: TROY is the name of the Bronze Age city …

TROY: 

TROY is the name of the Bronze Age city attacked in the Trojan War, a popular story in the mythology of ancient Greece, and the name given to the archaeological site in the north-west of Asia Minor(now Turkey) which has revealed a large and prosperous city occupied over millennia. There has been much scholarly debate as to whether mythical Troy actually existed and if so whether the archaeological site was the same city; however, it is now almost universally accepted that the archaeological excavations have revealed the city of Homer’s Iliad. Other names for Troy include Hisarlik (Turkish), Ilios (Homer), Ilion (Greek) and Ilium (Roman).

Troy is the setting for Homer’s Iliad in which he recounts the final year of the Trojan War sometime in the 13th century BCE. The war was in fact a ten-year siege of the city by a coalition of Greek forces led by King Agamemnon of Mycenae. The purpose of the expedition was to reclaim Helen, wife of Menelaos, king of Sparta and brother of Agamemnon. Helen was abducted by the Trojan prince Paris and taken as his prize for choosing Aphrodite as the most beautiful goddess in a competition with Athena and Hera. The Trojan War is also told in other sources such as the Epic Cycle poems (of which only fragments survive) and is also briefly mentioned in Homer’s Odyssey. Troy and the Trojan War later became a staple myth of Classical Greek and Roman literature.

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Women’s athletics at Russell Sage Colleg…

Women’s athletics at Russell Sage College, Troy, New York ca. 1937-1946

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TROJAN WAR: THE Trojan War, fought between Gre…

TROJAN WAR: 

THE Trojan War, fought between Greeks and the defenders of the city of Troy in Anatolia sometime in the late Bronze Age, has grabbed the imagination for millennia. A conflict between Mycenaeans and Hittites may well have occurred, but its representation in epic literature such as Homer’s Iliad is almost certainly more myth than reality. Nevertheless, it has defined and shaped the way ancient Greek culture has been viewed right up to the 21st century CE. The story of gods and heroic warriors is perhaps one of the richest single surviving sources from antiquity and offers insights into the warfare, religion, customs, and attitudes of the ancient Greeks.

The main source for our knowledge of the Trojan War is Homer’s Iliad (written sometime in the 8th century BCE) where he recounts 52 days during the final year of the ten-year conflict. The Greeks imagined the war to have occurred some time in the 13th century BCE. However, the war was also the subject of a long oral tradition prior to Homer’s work, and this, combined with other sources such as the fragmentary Epic Cycle poems, give us a more complete picture of what exactly the Greeks thought of as the Trojan War.

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The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas, May 4, 1899

The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas, May 4, 1899

The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas, February 9, 1899

The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas, February 9, 1899

The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas, January 5, 1899

The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas, January 5, 1899

The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas, October 26, 1899

The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas, October 26, 1899

The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas, October 26, 1899

The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas, October 26, 1899

The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas, October 26, 1899

The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas, October 26, 1899

The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas, October 19, 1899

The Kansas Chief, Troy, Kansas, October 19, 1899