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Book Title: Op zoek naar de Trojaanse oorlog|
The author of the book: Michael Wood
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 471 KB
Edition: BBC Books/Stichting Teleac
Date of issue: 1989
ISBN 13: 9789065331700
Read full description of the books Op zoek naar de Trojaanse oorlog:Spiralling down, discussing in turn the ongoing interest in Troy, the archaeologists who worked the sire (view spoiler)[ Schliemann, Dorpfeld, Blegen (hide spoiler)], their discoveries, the evidence from Homer, our understanding of the world of Mycenaean Greece, then the documents surviving from the Hittite (view spoiler)[ a superpower of the Bronze Age Middle-East (hide spoiler)]archives, I felt as though a clear and final single answer was before us when the text turned, and like a bird on a thermal, rose and spiralled out to a world of wider possibilities, leaving us with a richer range of uncertainties.
No, I cannot type a short and technical review stating that Homer's Troy was Troy VII as Dorpfeld held and relate it neatly and definitively to the world of Mycenaean Greece whose kings were dependant on raider-trading for the gold, copper, tin, and slaves to maintain their bean counting palace-economies. Instead Troy may have fallen several times, and multiple incidents of warfare may be remembered in the Iliad.
The search for the Trojan war in the end is not a search for the war, for the face that launched a thousand ships, but for the many contexts of the stories. One of those is the science of archaeology and the interrelationship between facts and interpretations. Another the world of Dark Age Greece, looking back on the lost glories of an earlier age but also seeking to create an equivalence between its heroes and those of the past. The last years of the Bronze Age in the Mediterranean, troubled by long term drought, migrations, population collapses. The iterations of the Iliad, during the course of which perhaps over corrections have stripped out all but a couple of the Mycenaeanisms and simplified the windswept plain of Troy, and maybe it was only a poor mirror of a Trojan war in any case - Of the names in the Linear B tablets which are found in Homer, twenty of them (one third) are applied to Trojans: in other words Greek names have been invented for Trojan heroes, Hector among them. But two names may not fit with this...Priam's name looks like the Anatolian name Pariamu, found in Hittite texts, Alexanderos of Wilios does seem to have a connection with the Alaksandus of Wilusa named in Hittite tablets of the early thirteenth century, and his alternative name Paris is again very likely the Anatolian Pariya (p233).
Those Hittite tablets, mostly correspondence, look on the one hand to lay bare a historical reality, and yet on the other push it further away. If Illios was Wilusa, a client state of the Hittites, and if the Achaians of Homer were the Achaiwoi of the Hittites then it is hard to countenance a ten year war over Helen of Troy that wouldn't have ended not with a Trojan horse but with the rumble of hundreds of Hittite chariots.
This is an enjoyable book, but as with the issue of Goliath's armour, one that snatches at pieces of evidence. Any one of which is contestable, but together seductively promise plausibility. Did the Sea Peoples who plagued Egypt include rootless Mycenaean warriors, adrift after the systems collapse of their homeland? Does Helen's kiss in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus suck forth his soul? And yet the afterword reports that archaeologists have found a cache of Mycenaean burials including women, children, and one hero, in what was traditionally believed to be Achilles' tomb, on the edge of the plain before Troy.
I finished the book and laid myself down to sleep. In my mind I imagined the cult places of the holy river Scamander, sacred to the God Apollo, then still foreign and not Greek, some dark and secret place, whose cult objects still lie under discovered.
The search for the Trojan war is an Odyssey without end.
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Michael David Wood is an English historian & broadcaster. He's presented numerous tv documentary series. Library of Congress lists him as Michael Wood.
Wood was born in Moston, Manchester, & educated at Manchester Grammar School & Oriel College, Oxford. His special interest was Anglo-Saxon history. In the 70s Wood worked for the BBC in Manchester. He was 1st a reporter, then an assistant producer on current affairs programmes, before returning to his love of history with his 1981 series In Search of the Dark Ages for BBC2. This explored the lives of leaders of the period, including Boadicea, King Arthur, Offa, Alfred the Great, Athelstan, Eric Bloodaxe & William the Conquerer (& gave rise to his 1st book, based upon the series).
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