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11.05.07 - Myth and History -The Trojan War One of the most...

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Myth and History -The Trojan War One of the most important cycles of myths in ancient Greek world: origins, events, aftermath (see summary in Carpenter, ch 9-10) o Homer, Illiad: one interconnected set of episodes from the 10 th year of Trojan War (title from ‘Illion’ another name for Troy) o Homer, Odyssey: return of Odysseus Epic cycle: series of epic poems covering entire story of Trojan War (now lost) o Many references and associated stories in wide range of ancient literature and art The Trojan War in Antiquity Ancient Greeks and Romans regarded the events of the Trojan War as historical (even if history more of the mythos the the logos type) o Herodotus: Trojan War was first major conflict between Europe and Asia o Thucydides: Military/ economic analysis of the Trojan War Date? o Herdotus: c.1250 BCE o Eratosthe… Illion (Latin Illium) founded by Greek settlers c.700 BCE, supposedly on the site of Ancient Troy A popular tourist sire in the Hellenistic and Roman periods (Alexander the Great) Favored by the Romans because of the supposed connection to Athens?
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