By Martin M. Winkler
This can be the 1st booklet systematically to ascertain Wolfgang Petersen’s epic movie Troy from diversified archaeological, literary, cultural, and cinematic views .
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Olympus Zeus and Themis confer over the advisability of the Trojan War. Zeus fathers Helen on Nemesis/Leda. Zeus and Hera force the sea goddess Thetis into marriage to King Peleus. II. The Twenty-Year Period Before the Trojan War 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Zeus’ grandson Peleus marries Nereus’ daughter Thetis on Mt. Pelion in Thessaly. All gods except Eris (Strife) attend. Peleus’ and Thetis’ child will be Achilles. Eris sows discord among Hera, Athena, and Aphrodite over which of them is the most beautiful.
To counteract this growing risk of unfamiliarity, poets began to write down in separate compositions all that the original audiences had 34 Joachim Latacz spontaneously thought of when listening to the aoidoi. These new and written epics told stories “around” the Iliad, which by now had also been written down. That is to say, they encircled the Iliad with tales of its entire prehistory and aftermath. 2 As a result, we are in a position to reconstruct the entire plot of the Troy story from its earliest beginnings to its ultimate ramifications, as shown in my outline above.
Troy was about fifteen times larger than had been previously assumed, covering more than 300,000 square meters. This Troy had a large residential area below a strongly fortified citadel. As far as we know today, the citadel was unparalleled in its region and in all of southeastern Europe. Nevertheless, several phases in which new fortifications were built during this time tell us that this Troy had to defend itself against outside attacks time and again. Was There a Trojan War? 25 Geographically, Troy VIII (Hellenistic Ilion), Troy IX (Roman Ilium), and Troy X (Byzantine Ilion) all belong to Anatolia, an area of western Asia Minor that had been settled by Greeks.