The Trojan War

The Trojan War

A New History

Book - 2006
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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 explains what really happened in Troy more than 3,000 years ago" -- publisher website (January 2007).
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.
ISBN: 9780743264419
074326441X
Branch Call Number: 939.21 Str
Characteristics: xxii, 258 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.

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Apr 05, 2016

Very straightforwardly written. Lots of digressions on many aspects of ancient near eastern prehistory. Many of the military qualities are also explained, but a few things are left out, for example, that harnesses (like, for chariots) were all choke harnesses. Uncluttered notes section and a glossary are included. One of the best aspects of the book is a lengthy and thorough 'note on sources' section which doubles as a further reading guide.

KEVIN DOWD Aug 02, 2011

Lame attempt to combine ancient texts to give a "realistic" overview of the war.

easy read, some context.. but I wish it had been an actual history of the war.. He chops the heck out of most of the legends, so that if you did not know them you would not get the meaning.

should have spent more time on relating the actual story. when he does it is good.

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