7 Points E.C: The Trojan War: A New History By: Barry Strauss. Simon and Schuster NY 2006Write a Book Report (4 Pages) for 7 Points Extra Credit. Due last week of classSummarize What is In the BookPut Your Point of View about the book and your opinion about the author’s argumentIdea of a “reader’s response”Easy to read? understand? solid evidence?What do you think about his arguments?The idea of a hero goes back a very long time.AeneidPreludeIn theAeneid, we will see a different kind of hero Aeneas (a Trojan). Mother Aphrodite,Roman Venus. Diomedes stabs him in the Trojan war and Aphrodite saves him. Apollo encouragesAeneas to fight Achilles and just before they start, Aeneas tells him his lineage to show his noble heritage.Aeneas is married to the daughter of King Priam and second greatest warrior after Hector. Aeneas is fromTroy, he makes his way to Italy, and they intermingle with the local latins and will become the bloodlineof Romans. The roman blood line is Trojans and Latins. Rome founded in 753 bc, by Romulus and hisancestors 7 generations back is Aeneas.Comingling of Greek tradition and Rome. The hero Aeneas is very different, he puts his peoplefirst, he wants fame but it is second to his people. Concerned with right and wrong. VERY different thanwhat is seen in Iliad and Odyssey.Finley (1977) Lost: The Trojan WarWhat’s the relationship between the books and the Trojan War?How much of the culture described (customs, weaponry, et.c) fit in the era of Homer’s time, theDark Age or Between 12001100 ?Arguing: Very unlikely that there is a historical Trojan WarFinley tried to get rid of the idea that Greeks took Troy. How do we know greeks took it? Whatevidence says it was them who took the city? The ruins are there, but Finley argues there is no directevidence that says there was a Trojan war. History can be proven that it occurred through written orarchaeological evidence, legends cannot be proven. We know Troy was burned, but we don’t have asource about who.Finley attacks Homer’s description of the city. Homer described it as a massive city, with lots ofpeople, contrary to the architec at the time he was alive. Troy is a smaller city that Finley argues was notworth taking. Yes there is evidence it burned down, but how do we know it was taken over by the greeks.Argued that epics change to make the stories better.Since Troy was so poor, the Greek kingdoms would not wage a war against them. It is likely thatthe greeks would probably never go to troy. It could have been pirates, with a few greeks, and itsnowballed.
Vergil’s Aeneid: Introduction and Book 1Homer vs. Vergil / Poetry & Politics / Major Themes / The Storm / Dido and CarthageFirst Written in Latin, compared to theIliadandOdysseywritten in GreekVergil is a poet (artificial poetry), but NOT an oral poet like Homer.