In Search of the Trojan War, Updated edition / Edition 1

In Search of the Trojan War, Updated edition / Edition 1

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by Michael Wood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520215990

ISBN-13: 9780520215993

Pub. Date: 05/13/1998

Publisher: University of California Press


Tales of Troy and its heroes—Achilles and Hector, Paris and the legendary beauty Helen—have fired the human imagination for 3,000 years. With In Search of the Trojan War, Michael Wood brings vividly to life the legend and lore of the Heroic Age in an archaeological adventure that sifts through the myths and speculation to provide a fresh view of…  See more details below

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Tales of Troy and its heroes—Achilles and Hector, Paris and the legendary beauty Helen—have fired the human imagination for 3,000 years. With In Search of the Trojan War, Michael Wood brings vividly to life the legend and lore of the Heroic Age in an archaeological adventure that sifts through the myths and speculation to provide a fresh view of the riches and the reality of ancient Troy.

This gripping story shows why the legend of Troy forms the bedrock of Western culture and why its past is a paradigm of human history. Wood's meticulous scholarly sleuthing yields fascinating evidence about the continuity and development of human civilization in the Aegean and Asia Minor. With its 50 feet of debris resulting from constant rebuilding, human destruction, earthquake, and abandonment, the mound of Troy contains the beginnings and ends of new races and civilizations.

This edition includes a new preface, a new final chapter, and an addendum to the bibliography that take account of dramatic new developments in the search for Troy with the rediscovery, in Moscow, of the so-called Jewels of Helen and the re-excavation of the site of Troy, which began in 1988 and is yielding new evidence about the historical city.

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ISBN-13:
9780520215993
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/13/1998
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,045,356
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Updated Edition3
Acknowledgements7
Prologue9
1The Search for Troy19
2Heinrich Schliemann47
3The Coming of the Greeks94
4Homer: The Singer of Tales123
5Agamemnon's Empire145
6A Forgotten Empire: The Hittites and the Greeks169
7The Peoples of the Sea210
8Conclusions: The End of the Bronze Age242
Postscript 1996: The Trojan War Found Again?260
Bibliography271
Picture Credits277
Index279

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In Search of the Trojan War, Updated edition 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Based on the BBC TV series. Michael Wood's combination of scholarly seriousness and contageous enthusiasm makes archaeology come alive, and it's exciting to put Homer's Iliad in its ancient setting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wood also delivered this in a miniseries that was quite interesting in describing a possible cause of the war as the capture of women(symbolized by Helen) for slave labor and the economic impetus of the war.Wood describes the details of life in those times and even methods and accesories and military attire for the times.