Troy and Homer: Towards a Solution of an Old Mystery by Joachim LataczTroy and Homer: Towards a Solution of an Old Mystery by Joachim Latacz

Troy and Homer: Towards a Solution of an Old Mystery

byJoachim LataczTranslated byKevin Windle, Rosh Ireland

Hardcover | December 7, 2004

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In this book Joachim Latacz turns the spotlight of modern research on the much-debated question of whether the wealthy city of Troy described by Homer in the Iliad was a poetic fiction or a memory of historical reality.Earlier excavations at the hill of Hisarlik, in Turkey, on the Dardanelles, brought no answer, but in 1988 a new archaeological enterprise, under the direction of Manfred Korfmann, led to a radical shift in understanding. Latacz, one of Korfmann's closest collaborators, traces the course of theseexcavations, and the renewed investigation of the imperial Hittite archives they have inspired. As he demonstrates, it is now clear that the background against which the plot of the Iliad is acted out is the historical reality of the thirteenth century BC. The Troy story as a whole must have arisenin this period, and we can detect traces of it in Homer's great poem.
Joachim Latacz is Professor Emeritus at the University of Basel.
Title:Troy and Homer: Towards a Solution of an Old MysteryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:December 7, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199263086

ISBN - 13:9780199263080


Table of Contents

I: TroyThe old sources: a lack of authenticityThe fundamental problem: was Hisarlik really once Troia/Ilios?Staging posts in a search: what was Hisarlik called in the Bronze Age?Conclusions: Troy and the empire of the HittitesThe opposing side: `Achaians' and `Danaans' - two more names rehabilitatedThe result: Homer's backdrop is historicalII: HomerThe basic factsHomer's Iliad and the tale of TroyThe tale of Troy independent of Homer'sWhen was the tale of Troy conceived?How did the tale of Troy reach Homer?The tale of Troy and historyThe result: there probably was a war over Troy

Editorial Reviews

`As exciting as a thriller, as it offers circumstantial evidence which is at once interdisciplinary in its basis and visionary. A captivating example of the complexity of modern scholarship.'Suddeutsche Zeitung