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George Washington collage professor, Eric Cline examines the genuine background of Troy and delves into archaeological discoveries. via his research of identified info, Cline presents a fuller, richer knowing of this historical clash.

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In Search of the Trojan War. 2nd ed. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998. Other Books of Interest Blegen, Carl W. Troy and the Trojans. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1995. L. Caskey, and Marion Rawson. Troy III: The Sixth Settlement. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1953. ———. Troy IV: Settlements VIIa, VIIb, and VIII. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1958. Page, Denys L. History and the Homeric Iliad. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1959. , and Eric H. Cline.

This destruction ushered in the Dark Ages of the Aegean world that lasted fully three centuries until the Greek Renaissance and Homer in the eighth century BCE. 56 As for the Trojan Horse, it was probably either Homer’s metaphor for an earthquake, or a battering ram, or some other machine of war. And finally, Helen’s abduction makes a nice story, but there were far more compelling economic and political motives for conflict some 3,000 years ago; the war itself was probably fought for the usual reasons of greed, glory, and territorial expansion, with Helen serving as a convenient excuse, if she even existed.

Poseidon was usually represented by a horse (just as Athena was represented by an owl). The pounding of his horses’ hooves not only created 43 the crashing sound of the ocean’s waves, according to the ancient Greeks, but also the sound that accompanies an earthquake. Therefore, the Trojan Horse was Homer’s way of depicting the earthquake sent by Poseidon to level the walls of Troy. The Trojan Horse is the earthquake, metaphorically speaking. This is indeed an ingenious suggestion, but perhaps a bit farfetched.

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