Troy

The Myth and Reality Behind the Epic Legend

Author: Nick McCarty

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 9781404213654

Category: History

Page: 128

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Discusses the efforts of Heinrich Schliemann, a nineteenth-century businessman, to identify a site in modern Turkey as the ancient city of Troy, and parallels his discovery with a narrative of the main events of the Trojan War in the poems of Homer.
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Helen of Troy

Beauty, Myth, Devastation

Author: Ruby Blondell

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190263539

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Page: 320

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Ancient Greek culture is pervaded by a profound ambivalence regarding female beauty. It is an awe-inspiring, supremely desirable gift from the gods, essential to the perpetuation of a man's name through reproduction; yet it also grants women terrifying power over men, posing a threat inseparable from its allure. The myth of Helen is the central site in which the ancient Greeks expressed and reworked their culture's anxieties about erotic desire. Despite the passage of three millennia, contemporary culture remains almost obsessively preoccupied with all the power and danger of female beauty and sexuality that Helen still represents. Yet Helen, the embodiment of these concerns for our purported cultural ancestors, has been little studied from this perspective. Such issues are also central to contemporary feminist thought. Helen of Troy engages with the ancient origins of the persistent anxiety about female beauty, focusing on this key figure from ancient Greek culture in a way that both extends our understanding of that culture and provides a useful perspective for reconsidering aspects of our own. Moving from Homer and Hesiod to Sappho, Aeschylus, and Euripides, Ruby Blondell offers a fresh examination of the paradoxes and ambiguities that Helen embodies. In addition to literary sources, Blondell considers the archaeological record, which contains evidence of Helen's role as a cult figure, worshipped by maidens and newlyweds. The result is a compelling new interpretation of this alluring figure.
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The Fall of Troy in Early Greek Poetry and Art

Author: Michael John Anderson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198150640

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 283

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Greek myth-makers crafted the downfall of Troy and its rulers into an archetypal illustration of ruthless conquest, deceit, crime and punishment, and the variability of human fortunes. This book examines the major episodes in the archetypal myth - the murder of Priam, the rape of Kassandra, the reunion of Helen and Menelaos, and the escape of Aineias - as witnessed in Archaic Greek epic, fifth-century Athenian drama, and Athenian black- and red-figure vase painting. It focuses in particular on the narrative artistry with which poets and painters balanced these episodes with one another and intertwined them with other chapters in the story of Troy. The author offers the first comprehensive demonstration of the narrative centrality of the Ilioupersis myth within the corpus of Trojan epic poetry, and the first systematic study of pictorial juxtapositions of Ilioupersis scenes on painted vases.
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Fantasies of Troy

Classical Tales and the Social Imaginary in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Author: Alan Shepard,Stephen David Powell Powell

Publisher: Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies

ISBN: 9780772720252

Category: Arts européens

Page: 306

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Helen of Troy

From Homer to Hollywood

Author: Laurie Maguire

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444308631

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 280

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Helen of Troy: From Homer to Hollywood is a comprehensive literary biography of Helen of Troy, which explores the ways in which her story has been told and retold in almost every century from the ancient world to the modern day. Takes readers on an epic voyage into the literary representations of a woman who has wielded a great influence on Western cultural consciousness for more than three millennia Features a wide and diverse variety of literary sources, including epic, drama, novels, poems, film, comedy, and opera, and works by Homer, Euripides, Chaucer, Shakespeare Includes an analysis of a radio play by the prize-winning author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and a Faust play by a contemporary Scottish playwright Explores themes such as narrative difficulties in portraying Helen, how legal history relates to her story, and how writers apportion blame or exculpate her Considers the aesthetic and narrative difficulties that ensue when literature translates myth
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Troy

Author: Don Rittner

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738554945

Category: History

Page: 95

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Founded by the Dutch Vanderheyden family in 1787, Troy is one of the most historic cities in the United States. It holds claim to being the birthplace of America's Industrial Revolution, the home of the collar and cuff industry, and a major manufacturer of iron products during the 1800s.
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Troy and Homer

Towards a Solution of an Old Mystery

Author: Joachim Latacz,Head of the School of Language Studies Kevin Windle

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199263080

Category: History

Page: 342

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The ancient Greek poet Homer tells of the wealthy city of Troy and its defeat in the Trojan War. Since the classical period there has been much debate about whether this is a poetic fiction or a memory of historical reality. Earlier excavations at the hill of Hisarlik, in Turkey, brought no answer, but in 1988 new excavations, under the direction of Manfred Korfmann, led to a radical shift in understanding. In this book Joachim Latacz, one of Korfmann's closest collaborators, shows how this new research has shed light on what is now known about Troy and the Trojan War.
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Troy

A City from the Corners

Author: Loraine Campbell

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

ISBN: 9780738533155

Category: History

Page: 128

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Long before it was the site of shopping centers, corporate headquarters, and universities, Troy was a humble pioneer settlement comprised of farms and small knots of buildings at simple crossroads known as Troy Corners, Big Beaver, and Halsey Corners. This book traces the development of Troy from its inception to 2004, through pictures and descriptions.
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New Troy

Fantasies of Empire in the Late Middle Ages

Author: Sylvia Federico

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816641673

Category: Social Science

Page: 207

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Late medieval England was obsessed with the myth and legend of Troy, something which is readily reflected in the poetry and prose of the period. Although kings and emperors had frequently lain claim to be the descendants of Troy, Federico argues that in medieval England Trojanism was `vital to authorial, regnal, and national identity formation'. Here, she examines how and why people fantasised about Troy and to what end, looking in particular at the works of such writers as Chaucer, the Gawain -poet, John Gower and John Lydgate. Her book `affords significant insight into the workings of the medieval historical imagination'.
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