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Ancient Troy has always held a certain mystique since it was immortalised in the writings of Homer. The Iliad and the Odyssey are some of the worlds oldest surviving texts and offer a unique insight into life and labours during the Hellenistic Period.


Troy II - Mud brick, destroyed by fire 4500 years ago. Sailors couldnt tack then, had to wait in Troy for uncommon favourable winds, Troy grew wealthy as a result. Writing came to Troy 2nd century BC, hieroglyphics and cuneiform. The Sumerians started it 13th century BC. The Greeks invaded Anatolia, mixed with Mycaenean civilisation. Greek alphabet is derived from south Anatolian/Syrian area. The Trojans probably taxed the Greeks to pass the Dardanelles to trade, this provoked the war.

Troy VI or VIIa - The famous horse was possibly a siege engine or an offering to Poseidon who defeated the Greeks with an earthquake. The horse was one of his symbols. There is no firm idea about the original horse re its size or design or whatever. The Trojans were considered native Anatolians, no idea what language they spoke. No script found, only 1 Lluvian symbol but not sufficient proof to establish it.

The Turks are a melting pot of Greek, Anatolian and Arab mix, they look different from other Turkic peoples.

Schliemann the famous archaeologist who first proposed this site and investigated it, dug down through the temple of Athena, considered vandalism now.

Troy should have been Byzantium, it was accepted by Rome as its mother city. It was found to be malarial and swampy though so Constantine founded the capital on the Bosphorous instead, present day Istanbul.

Posted by andyhay 00:00 Archived in Turkey

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