In Search of the Trojan War. ART/CNE 430 10/28/04. Gallery at Tiryns. Excerpt from the Mycenae-Epidaurus tourist guidebook. Heinrich Schliemann & the Rediscovery of Troy. The Evidence for Troy. Homeric epic Trojan War Cycle Wood recounts the story and introduces the major players.
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In Search of the Trojan War
Sacred, steep, very windy
“They say Achilles in the darkness stirred . . And Priam and his fifty sons
Wake all amazed, and hear the guns,
And shake for Troy again.”
‘Achilles came to Troyland
And I to Chersonese:
He turned from wrath to battle,
And I from three days’ peace.
Was it so hard, Achilles,
So very hard to die?
Thou knowest and I know not -
So much the happier I.
I will go back this morning
From Imbros over the sea;
Stand in the trench, Achilles,
Flame-capped, and fight for me.’
“It is precisely its power as a myth which has excited belief in its historicity - the story moves us so much that it must be true. Many archaeologists, professed scientists, have neverthless been able to encompass this within their scientific ‘truth’!” (p. 36)