Troy

Troy

by Samuel Willard Crompton
     
 

Immortalized in Homer's epics The Iliad and The Odyssey, the legendary city of Troy was the stage on which devastating battles were fought and heroic deeds were done during Troy's conflict with the Greeks. Homer's works, which were often sung, kept the Trojan-Greek War alive in the minds of millions of people. The stories suddenly came to life in 1871, however,

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Immortalized in Homer's epics The Iliad and The Odyssey, the legendary city of Troy was the stage on which devastating battles were fought and heroic deeds were done during Troy's conflict with the Greeks. Homer's works, which were often sung, kept the Trojan-Greek War alive in the minds of millions of people. The stories suddenly came to life in 1871, however, when an amateur archaeologist announced he had found the gold that belonged to Priam and the city that had been destroyed by the Greeks. Plenty of other archaeological finds have been made, and Homer's epic poems have been translated from the Greek time and again. In Troy, discover this city as it existed in ancient times and the ways it has been commemorated through word, song, and popular culture.

For years, explorers and archaeologists have gone on the hunt to look for ancient civilizations and legendary cities. Many of these lost cities have mysteriously disappeared, leaving only traces of the people that had been there before. How could an entire civilization vanish, if indeed it ever existed? In Lost Worlds and Mysterious Civilizations, students will learn about the citizens and culture of these lost worlds, what happened to them, and what impact they have had on history.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7�10—These titles ask teens to use their critical-thinking skills as they read about legendary civilizations. A strong emphasis is placed on differentiating pseudoscience from empirical data as histories are traced from their first written appearance, through the spreading of the stories, to modern-day archaeological discoveries. What could be fascinating volumes are often bogged down by clunky in-text citations, poor editing (there are numerous spelling errors), and dry storytelling. The most readable of the three is Troy, but it is comprised essentially of summaries of the Iliad and Odyssey. Unfortunately, this volume is also the most affected by the serious dearth of maps-to be effective, a series about geography and history requires that readers have more than a mental diagram of the relevant areas. However, there is some fodder for reports in these well-researched books.—Rebecca Dash Donsky, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604139747
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Series:
Lost Worlds and Mysterious Civilizations Series
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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