Skip to comments.In Search of the Real Troy
Posted on 02/20/2005 2:33:23 PM PST by SunkenCiv
It was then that Swiss scholar Emil Forrer deciphered newly discovered writings from the Hittite Empire to the east, finding two place-namesWilusa and Taruisathat sounded convincingly like the Hittite way of writing "Wilios" (the Greek name for the site was "Ilion") and "Troia" (Troy). He also found a treaty, from the early 13th century BC, between the Hittite king Muwatalli and a king of "Wilusa" named Alaksandu. The kings name, Forrer added, recalls the name of the Trojan prince Alexandercalled Paris in Homers Iliad. Critics pooh-poohed, conceding that a place named Wilusa may have existed, but where was it on the map? For decades the question remained unanswered. Then, in the mid-1980s, new pieces of text were discovered: a letter from Hittite king Manapa-Tarhunda that narrowed Troys location to the Troad. It also became clear from other Hittite texts that Wilusa was attacked repeatedly by "Ahhiyawans," thought to have been Mycenean Greeks, in the 13th century BC.
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Was There a Trojan War?A spectacular result of the new excavations has been the verification of the existence of a lower settlement from the seventeenth to the early twelfth centuries B.C. (Troy levels VI/VIIa) outside and south and east of the citadel. As magnetometer surveys and seven excavations undertaken since 1993 have shown, this lower city was surrounded at least in the thirteenth century by an impressive U-shaped fortification ditch, approximately eleven and a half feet wide and six and a half feet deep, hewn into the limestone bedrock. Conclusions about the existence and quality of buildings within the confines of the ditch have been drawn on the basis of several trial trenches and excavations, some of them covering a very large surface area. The layout of the city was confirmed by an intensive and systematic pottery survey in 2003. We have also discovered a cemetery outside the ditch to the south. The most recent excavations have determined that Troy, which now covers about seventy-five acres, is about fifteen times larger than previously thought.
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Posted on 07/29/2004 11:43:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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On topic, yesterday I was told that if Helen of Troy's face could launch a thousand ships, mine could launch 10,000.
Ha! As if a sea voyage would be sufficient escape from my haunting visage!
On one of the Troia Projects maps of the excavations, the size of the yellow circles indicates relative concentrations of Bronze Age surface finds. The known defensive walls of the city are in red.
"Troy" the movie is now playing on our PPV satellite. I trust it is of no historical value and not worth watching for that reason alone. Forget the actors...
Your visage is pretty haunting.
A lot of people don't know, but her last name was "Back".
One of the oddities in the article was that "Part of the controversy over both Schliemanns and Blegens ideas was that, until the 1930s, there was scant knowledge of adjacent Anatolian civilizations; there were no written references to Troy from the Late Bronze Age. It was then that Swiss scholar Emil Forrer deciphered newly discovered writings from the Hittite Empire to the east."
Blegen did start his excavations in 1932 (1932-1938), but Forrer announced his finding of obvious references to Mycenaean Greece in 1936. Obviously, such references should be expected, not rejected.
FWIW, I disagree with Blegen's view that VIIa was "the" city, agreeing with Dorpfeld that VI was it.
Nice that it was shot in Turkey, but sadly, it cost Brad and Jennifer their marriage.
Thank you !
You're most welcome. :')
Gee, Clive Cussler thinks that Troy was actually in Gaul and the principals were Celts fighting over tin...
That was Rome.
There's also Edo Nyland, who sez the Odyssey actually was a story borrowed from NW Europe, and the actual events took place along the coast of (I think it was) Scotland. :')
Was There a Trojan War?
Don't forget the role of the Scorpion King.
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