Exploring Homer's Iliad as a Source of Information about the Ancient City of Troy

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Homer was the ancient Greek poet said to have lived between around the 8th and 9th century B.C. Some believe that he was born on the island of Chios and others say he was in Ionia. He was said to be a court singer and a storyteller. He is famous for the writings of the epic poems the Iliad and the Odyssey.
While there is controversy weather or not Homer alone wrote these pieces or many other people wrote it over a period of time and even if Homer was an actual person. Homer also wrote Homeric Hymns which are short poems celebrating various Gods. Some of the most celebrated and distinguished characters of mythology play roles in either one or both of the epics. Such characters include Achilles, Ajax, Agamemnon, Menelaus, Helen, Paris,
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Troy of Homer

The things that can be told about Troy of Homer from the archaeological remains found by Schliemann and investigated by others since that the things that Schliemann had found had been destroyed by him from digging 1000 years too deep. His discoveries included Priam’s treasure, which Schliemann did not indicate where it had been found. Another mistake by Schliemann is that he did not record events until a later period, and when he did write these accounts down in his diary they were false accounts with corrections all over his diary. They did find a ditch, which was designed to stop enemy chariots from entering. Manfred Korfmann believes that it was a sizeable city. After three thousand years archaeologists have found the distinguished city of Troy described by Homer. However, Homer described in the Iliad that there was a war; there was no evidence of the city being destroyed by an enemy army. Later on Korfmann’s team finds that there is proof of violence. This includes arrow heads found in the lower city, skeletons and sling pellets (believed to been made by the defenders of Troy. All this evidence says to Korfmann that the city had a war and they’re were defeated at the end of the Bronze Age.

Archaeological sight
Cyclopean walls surrounded the
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