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Troy the movie vs troy the book The story behind Troy has been of great interest to many, both to archeologists hoping to answer many questions, and to the average person who has simply been fascinated by the tragic tale and its heroes. There have been many contemporary works created that have brought the tale to interested individuals, but none so famous and as the 2004 film Troy. Directed by Wolfgang Peterson, the film brings a story of love and war to the masses, but is it THE story many have viewed as canonical or is it simply a figment of a Hollywood director’s imagination? By viewing the facts found at excavations and accepting the Iliad as the most accurate portrayal of characters and settings, an accurate analysis can be made of the film. It will tell if the story portrayed is surprisingly truthful or horrendously falsified. Homer describes Troy as a great city with enormous walls that cascade inward and made of many stones [email protected]#$. The Hellespont is described as a relatively marshy plain where not much battle could have been held and has been seen as such. According to Homer, the Greeks landed on a beach not far from the city. The setting begins the film’s deviation from Homer. The city of Troy, although very large in the book, is exponentially larger in the film. There are many more people in the film than what was realistically possible in ancient times. The walls in the film are at least 50 feet tall, much taller than what has ever been excavated at any ancient city [email protected]#$ . The cascaded wall is quite vertical in the film, with no stones to be seen. The Greeks also land their ships almost next to the city. The film also suggests that the area between the Greek ships and troy is devoid of any coverings such as bushes or trees, something which can be seen today as being completely false [email protected]#$ . The Hellespont is a marshland, something which would
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have been rather difficult to traverse on horse, something easily done in Troy. In the Iliad, the city itself was built on a hill not seen in the film [email protected]#$. But the film is also correct in its portrayal of the setting in many ways. According to the map seen at the beginning, the city’s location is quite accurate to the real location of what is believed to be Troy. Most of the masonry seen is modeled after what has been excavated. The way the city is planned is quite like the compressed city found in Troy 6 [email protected]#$ . Going away from Troy, Mycenae is seen with its majestic lion gate at the top of a hill, exactly where it is located today. The design of the ancient cities and locations was done quite well. The discrepancies are small and needed to make a film. By moving the Greek settlement closer to the city, Troy progresses much faster without taking away many important details. The city is also much bigger to create an effect of awe in a few seconds. If the film had produced an accurate representation of what Troy looked like, today’s standards would make it seem weak, small, and foolish to defend. Although the changes made
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