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ISBN: 074326441XИздательство: Simon & Schuster
Год издания: 2006
Classics professor Strauss has demonstrated talent for popular history writing (The Battle of Salamis, 2004) that continues with this rendition of the granddaddy of Western literature. Homer's Iliad, acknowledges Strauss, has been regarded skeptically as a record of a real war, but he pitches the epic as credible in its fundamental narrative of a Greek naval force landing and sacking Troy around 1200 BCE. Although he concedes that the Iliad's characters are likely fictional, Strauss adopts the device of treating them as real, modified in light of the Bronze Age's practice of diplomacy and warfare as interpreted through archaeology, fragmentary ancient writings, and the Iliad and the Odyssey. So, neither a titanic war instigated by Paris' abduction of Helen, nor champions such as Achilles and Hector, nor the war's culmination in the subterfuge of the Trojan Horse are necessarily far-fetched notions in Strauss' telling. Combining caution with a stretch of historical imagination,...