Wednesday, March 06, 2013

City of Troy

The story of Troy was first told in Homer’s Iliad, written around 750 BC. Troy was a great city, not of Greek origin, the inhabitants of which spoke the Greek language, although it was situated in Asia, and did not form of the Greek family of nations.

Excavations at Troy have shown that there were nine separate phases and cities at the site, with various sub-phases.

These phases begin in the third millennium BC (early Bronze Age) with Troy 1 and finish in the Hellenistic period (323 BC- 31 BC) with Troy IX.

Archeologist have determined that the city of Troy referred to in Homer’s Iliad was either the sixth or the seventh level. The cities were stacked on top of each other. People built new cities right on top of old ones. 

The city of Troy is said to have been founded by Dardanus, a Samothracian, about 1400 before Christ. The primary legend of the Greek past was the story of the Trojan War, a ten year assault against the large fortified city of Troy in northwest Anatolia by a huge armada of Greeks led by Agamemnon, king of Mycenae.

According to the legend, a major royal to the Mycenaean kingdoms was the city of Troy. Troy is a rich and teeming city, standing as a trading post between Asia and the Mediterranean.

The city attracted trade from the hinterland as well as being a location from which goods could be sent by sea to the islands and mainland of Greece across the Aegean sea.
City of Troy
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