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 these excavations, 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 arisen in this period, and we can detect traces of it in Homer's great poem.
`Troy and Homer by Joachim Latacz, pushes a case that is as thrilling as its prose is measured.' Independent on Sunday `Review from previous edition A windfall for all those interested in the subject.' Norddeutscher Rundfunk `A scholarly detective story in a class of its own.' Bild der Wissenschaft `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
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.56