Troy Between Greece and Rome: Local Tradition and Imperial Power

Paperback | November 2, 2004

byAndrew Erskine

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Troy linked Greece and Rome. It was once the subject of the greatest of Greek poems and the mother city of the Romans. It gave the Romans a place in the mythical past of the Greeks, it gave Greeks a way of approaching Rome, and it gave the emperor Augustus, descendant of Aeneas, a suitablyelevated ancestry. In this book Andrew Erskine examines the role and meaning of Troy in the changing relationship between Greeks and Romans, as Rome is transformed from a minor Italian city into a Mediterranean superpower. In contrast to earlier studies the emphasis is on the Greek rather than theRoman perspective. The book seeks to understand the significance of Rome's Trojan origins for the Greeks by considering the place of Troy and Trojans in Greek culture. It moves beyond the more familiar spheres of art and literature to explore the countless, overlapping, local traditions, the storiesthat cities told about themselves, a world often neglected by scholars.

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Troy linked Greece and Rome. It was once the subject of the greatest of Greek poems and the mother city of the Romans. It gave the Romans a place in the mythical past of the Greeks, it gave Greeks a way of approaching Rome, and it gave the emperor Augustus, descendant of Aeneas, a suitablyelevated ancestry. In this book Andrew Erskine ...

Andrew Erskine is Professor of Classics and Head of Department at the National University of Ireland, Galway

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:330 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.69 inPublished:November 2, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199265801

ISBN - 13:9780199265800

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Rome1. The Recovery of Trojan RomePart II: Greece2. Homer and the Archaic Age3. The Persian Wars and the Denigration of the Trojans4. Trojan Past and PresentPart III: Between Greece and Rome5. Troy and the Western Greeks6. Pyrrhos, Troy, and Rome: An Interlude7. Greek States and Roman Relatives8. Old Gods, New Homes9. Ilion between Greece and Rome

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`Erskine refreshingly abandons any notion of the intrinsic significance of the myths ... the antiquarian-minded non-specialist will find much to enjoy in the bizarre local adaptations, and their articulation in a wide variety of archaeological and literary sources.'Matthew Fox, Times Literary Supplement