Movie Commentary: Assessing the Evidence for the Trojan Wars
May 1, 2004
The recent or forthcoming releases of several new sword-and-sandal epics have sparked a wave of interest in antiquity not seen since the days of Cecil B. DeMille. This has been the case for Troy in particular, and since the “Troy” filmmakers have taken certain liberties with both Homer’s narrative and Bronze Age archaeology, the AIA includes here a synopsis of the recent Tuebingen-Cincinnati excavations in and around the mound of Troy. The focus is on the discoveries that relate to the settlements of the late Bronze Age, when there is evidence for warfare and destruction of the citadel.