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The Trojan War: A New History
     

The Trojan War: A New History

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by Barry Strauss
 

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The Trojan War is the most famous conflict in history, the subject of Homer's Iliad, one of the cornerstones of Western literature. Although many readers know that this literary masterwork is based on actual events, there is disagreement about how much of Homer's tale is true. Drawing on recent archeological research, historian and classicist Barry Strauss

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Trojan War: A New History 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Composer More than 1 year ago
I am researching Bronze Age Troy to get background for an opera I'm composing. I've read many books and watched videos on the subject. This book is the most up-to-date, and it's bibliography is astounding. Strauss' conclusions are well reasoned, and he gives due attention to competing views from a wide variety of sources. His recommendation for his favorite translations of Homer are spot on. I'm especially pleased that so much information is packed in a slim volume, and it is an easy read. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in the subject.
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The book 'The trojan War' by Barry Strauss wasnt as good as i thought it was going to be. I recommend this book to the people that are interestedin finding the truth on what really happpened during the war. I like the original legend better than the way that Strauss broke it down based on artifacts. In the book Strauss used other wars in comparison and told how the scenes and battle really might have happened. In his context he wasnt writing as if he was sure that that is what happened r if that the people realy looked as they did. If i would have written this book i would have not made it seem like the Trojan war was pointless. Even though there really wasnt a logical reason for war, strauss just took away the enjoyment of the legend itself. When i was younger the story that i heard was Princess Helen was taken away by Prince Paris of troy and Helens husband Menelaus was furious so rthey went to war to get her back. How they won the whole war they snuck into the gates of the city hidden in a giant wooden horse and attacked. and they won. That was it but in my book they go into major details which was fine but i still didnt like it. I expected way more from the book.