The Trojans and Their Neighbours

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A central figure in both classical and ancient near Eastern fields, Trevor Bryce presents the first publication to focus on Troy's neighbours and contemporaries as much as Troy itself. With the help of maps, charts and photographs, he unearths the secrets of this iconic ancient city.

Beginning with an account of Troy's involvement in The Iliad and the question of the historicity of the Trojan War, Trevor Bryce reveals how the recently discovered Hittite texts illuminate this question which has fascinated scholars and travellers since the Renaissance.

Encompassing the very latest research, the city and its inhabitants are placed in historical context - and with its neighbours and contemporaries - to form a complete and vivid view of life within the Trojan walls and beyond from its beginning in c.3000 BC to its decline and obscurity in the Byzantine period.

Documented here are the archaeological watershed discoveries from the Victorian era to the present that reveal, through Troy's nine levels, the story of a metropolis punctuated by signs of economic prosperity, natural disaster, public revolt and war.


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This is an excellent presentation, current as of its publication in 2006, of the history of Troy and the identity of the various peoples and kingdoms present in Greece and Anatolia in the period up to ... Read full review

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I read the book about Troy and the author Homer. I was hoping to find the newest and the most updated information but i found little and much is not known by the author, It is funny that he ask, " was their really a Trojan War"? Really funny. First, The Trojan War abruptly ended with the Minoan eruption of Thera around 1628 BC. Secondly, Homer kept track of the months, not years, in his Illiad and in his Odyssey that I read during high school.
Paris was a sixty-four year old General of many looting wars and Helen was a lady of the Court that was soon to turn fourteen and then marry. Since the time of Sargon the Great such Commands were strictly adhered to.
I could go into Ulysses traveling past the gates to Branittica and mining tin and returning after observing an eclipses of the sun while on his little island (not in Grece) and I notified Oxford University of their error with dating Ulysses.
Ulysses had been well educated and he became King of the copper island and there produced bronze. Thanks for the book.


The early cities of Troy Levels I to V
The kingdom of Priam Levels VI to VII
The Aegean neighbours
Troys role and status in the Near Eastern world
Troys allies
The new city Levels VIII to IX
The final word?

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About the author (2006)

Trevor Bryce is an Honorary Research Consultant at the University of Queensland and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

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