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p. 103Epiloguelocked

  • Eric H. Cline

Abstract

What can we say for certain about the Trojan War? The Epilogue summarizes the evidence. A qualified yes is the answer to the questions whether there was a Trojan War and whether Troy has been excavated. It is hard to definitively link the literary record with the archaeological evidence, but this has proved difficult in other cases too. Homer's record may have telescoped events, or made use of poetic licence. Nonetheless, it is possible that war could have broken out over one individual, although the many possible wars mean it may have been fought between the Mycenaeans and Hittites. The story of the Trojan War is endlessly adaptable and relevant.

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