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Sora (The Lost Treasures of the Knights Templar) argues that Troy was not in Turkey but was instead located on the Iberian Peninsula near present-day Lisbon. He further posits that the legend of the Trojan War, obscured and distorted by time, retelling, and geographic shifts, actually represents the vanquishing of ancient Celtic goddess-worshipping cultures by the patriarchal societies of the Mediterranean region. Since evidence regarding the location of Troy in Turkey is questionable, Sora's theory is intriguing. Unfortunately, he bases much of his analysis on linguistic similarities, which are often tenuous and sometimes simply wrong. For example, Sora states that pharaohis "a word derived from pharosand Faro, both meaning 'light' on the Atlantic coast of France." Actually, pharaohcomes from the hieroglyphic symbols pronounced (presumably) perand oh, meaning "great house" and referring to the office rather than the individual. Such mistakes in scholarship are numerous and lead to the inevitable conclusion that while Sora's theory is interesting, it is in the end mere speculation. Purchase where interest warrants.
—Katheine K. Koenig