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.'
`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.'
The old sources: a lack of authenticity
The 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 Hittites
The opposing side: `Achaians' and `Danaans' - two more names rehabilitated
The result: Homer's backdrop is historical
The basic facts
Homer's Iliad and the tale of Troy
The tale of Troy independent of Homer's
When was the tale of Troy conceived?
How did the tale of Troy reach Homer?
The tale of Troy and history
The result: there probably was a war over Troy
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.7
Weight (kg): 0.56